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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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