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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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