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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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