Day in history for May 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We hope business will continue to improve until we have the good times everybody has been wishing for.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The county board of supervisors yesterday voted to spend $7,000 in building a house for the offices of the circuit and county judges.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A killing frost was experienced last night. It did untold damage to crops throughout the area.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School golf tournament was completed this week with George Birkhahn winning the championship. Birkhahn defeated Robert Peterson, one up, in the finals.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Open house will be held from 3 to 5 tomorrow afternoon in the new headquarters of the combined Child Guidance and Mental Health Center of Rock Island County, 1150 12th Ave., Moline. The Child Guidance Conference was organized in 1932 and the Mental Health 23 years later. The two agencies combined in 1957 and moved into the new headquarters early this year.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The fifth annual Cambridge Charity Hunter Horse Show will be May 14 and 15 at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Cambridge. Each year the event benefits a different Quad-City area charity and this year proceeds go to Arrowhead Ranch. Stalls are available for the B-rated show, which is INHJA-approved.

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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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