Day in history for May 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
There are persons in this city who are engaged in acts, which if not checked, will lead to serious results. Four buildings have been fired within a short space of time.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The monthly report of the Rock Island Public Library showed that 1,566 books were in circulation during April.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Augustana College debating team left last night for Lindskog, Kan., where they will debate with a team representing Bethany College.

1933 -- 75 years ago
More than 175 workers began solicitations today in the Rock Island Community Chest campaign. The goal is $22,000.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Permits to construct 21 dwellings, estimated to cost $285,390, were issued today and yesterday by the building inspector's office in Rock Island. Bulk of the construction will be in the Orchard Grove Addition, where permits to construct 17 homes, each valued at $12,500, were issued to Ray Knueppel And Co., Rock Island. Four other home permits also were issued.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Four-year-old Jayson Saylor, son of Jay and Mary Saylor of Atkinson, tried the softball throw during the Cambridge Rotary Special Olympics recently. Jayson took first in his division with a toss of 7 feet, .4 inches.

Back: Available days in May 2008



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








(More History)