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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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