Day in history for May 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We see a complaint in some quarters that the wheat, due to its rapid growth, is in danger of running all to straw.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, the greatest engineering feat of the century, was celebrated today in Brooklyn and New York.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Hundreds of visitors got their first view of the new Safety Building yesterday at the formal opening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
City officials of Rock Island have under consideration a $40,000 street improvement project that may be advanced in conjunction with the Illinois Relief Commission's program of Andquot;work reliefAndquot; under funds obtained from the federal government. It tentatively calls for the relaying of brick paving on 30th Street south from 7th Avenue to 18th Avenue.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Walt Scott, special editorial cartoonist for NEA Service, Inc., receives a George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Alleman High School today ended its nearly three-month search for a basketball coach to replace Don Morris by naming Marissa High School coach Jim Egan - who also will teach new computer-science courses. Egan, who played for Morris at Alleman from 1968 to 1970, accepted the job this morning. Andquot;It's hard to believe,Andquot; said Egan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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