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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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