Day in history for May 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Harry M. Adams is now agent for some of the best reapers and mowers manufactured in this country, among which is the celebrated Manny machine. He can be found at his store at the corner of Illinois and Washington Streets.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Mott will appoint a superintendent of streets at the City Council meeting Monday. The appointment is an important one as the condition of Rock Island streets is deplorable.

1908 -- 100 years ago
William McConochie will leave May 8 for a trip through Europe. He will be gone four months.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Clarence E. Hodson, R.A Jacobson and L.B. Wilson were today named as judges of the High School Students' Travel Opportunity contest, which is being sponsored by The Argus and 57 cooperating business houses of Rock Island. Winners will receive trips to the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Most Rev. William E. Cousins, Bishop of Peoria, dedicated the $150,000 convent of St. Joseph's Parish, Rock Island, in brief ceremonies late yesterday afternoon. Several hundred persons were present for the dedication of the building at 13th St. and 3rd Ave.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Coolidge Junior High School band won a first division rating in state competition in Princeton Saturday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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