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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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