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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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