Day in history for May 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Ladies, hoop yourselves. For further information, see the advertisement of Smith's Variety Store.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles met at the Armory this afternoon and went to the Arsenal to place their floral tribute at the tomb of General Rodman.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Almost 100 delegates to the annual state meeting of the German Catholic Society arrived in the city today. About 300 are expected for the opening services tomorrow.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Confidence that reductions in gas and electric rates will be ordered for Rock Island, Moline and East Moline by the Illinois Commerce Commission, has been increased by the announcement that negotiations in Davenport with the Peoples Light Co. have resulted in a proposal to the City Council of Davenport for a flat 13 percent reduction in electric light rates.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Bill Parsons, son of Dr. and Mrs. Parsons, and Stuart Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Nelson, were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the senior class at Moline High School.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Union workers at Davenport Packing Co., Milan, went on strike Saturday after a breakdown of contract negotiations. The 48 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 431, had been working under an extension of a contract.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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