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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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