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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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