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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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