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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




(More History)