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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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