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: 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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