Day in history for May 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was the beginning of fine weather we hope. The roads could not be worse than they are now. A few days of sunshine will bring them around again.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Businessmen's Association will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight in the city hall.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The car on the Milan stub line jumped the track last night on the way to Milan.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The address at the commencement exercises for the 1933 Rock Island High School graduating class will be delivered by Dr. G.A. Andreen, president of Augustana College and Theological Seminary, it was announced today by Earl H. Hanson, principal. Exercises will be June 2 at the Augustana College gymnasium.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Bicycle Safety Week in Moline will open Saturday with bike riders taking tests in an attempt to qualify for a safe rider certificate and a sticker for bicycles. Mayor Arnold R. Smith has proclaimed the period of May 10-17 Bicycle Safety Week.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Moline High School Building Trades class are constructing a cover for the old Lincoln-Irving School bell in front of the new Lincoln-Irving School. Students Mark Bergherer and Lan Duong, were assisted by Ray Norris, the building trades instructor. The old school burned several years ago.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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