Day in history for May 30, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Today, by telegraph expressly for this paper: no report.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Public schools close for the summer June 7 with graduation exercises set for June 11.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The commander-in-chief of the Cuban Army visited Rock Island Arsenal today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Contract for sale of the Rock Island Brewing Co., to Heino F. Busch, James J. Redding and Charles J. Venn for the sum of $250,000 was recorded in the office of John Devine, county recorder.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Earl J. Calkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Calkins, 2459 18th Ave., Rock Island, will be ordained into the priesthood on June 1 in St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria. The sacrament will be conferred by the Most Rev. William E. Cousins, bishop of Peoria. Calkins attended Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Schools in Rock Island and was a member of the first graduating class at Alleman High School.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A six-horse pileup today resulted in a three horse finish and big perfecta payoff at the Quad-City Downs. In the eighth race, No. 4 horse Phlox became tangled in traffic near the half mile pole. None of the horses or drivers were injured seriously. After the pileup, No. 3 Hallmaster, No. 9 Skippy Bearcat and No. 2 Goin Bret were able to finish. The 3-9 perfecta paid $529.

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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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