Day in history for May 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Mrs. Britt, who is giving a course of lectures on spirituals at the Island City Hall, is said to be a fine speaker.

1883 -- 125 years ago
In addition to a circus and Memorial Day, the usual holiday rain is with us.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W. B. Clemmer will deliver the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class of Rock Island High School tomorrow evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Politics, patriotic messages and athletic events were mingled this afternoon at Black Hawk State Park as the Rock Island County Jeffersonian Club sponsored a public outing. Hundreds of persons thronged the grounds. Among the speakers were Democratic judicial candidates Attorney Clyde S. Walker, Judge J. Paul Califf and Attorney Jacob Cantlin.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-eight members of the 1928 Augustana College Concert Band met for their 30th anniversary reunion last night in the Fort Armstrong Hotel, Rock Island. A total of 50 persons attended the banquet.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Kevin DeNike's approach shot and resulting birdie putt allowed him to win the Quad City Amateur Golf tournament Sunday in rainy, windy, conditions at Emeis Park. DeNike's approach shot from 40 feet out landed just two feet from the hole, and his putt gave him a one-shot win over Greg Tebbutt and Carlos Salaber.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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