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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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