Day in history for May 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport News reports that there was quite a bit of excitement on Main Street in Davenport yesterday. It was occasioned by a party of young men from Rock Island who crossed the river for a 'bender.' The young men finally were released on a promise that they would leave immediately for Rock Island.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Yesterday must have been bock beer day in Davenport, judging by the heavy traffic on the ferry boat.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The monthly report of the Humane Society showed that 19 teamsters were reprimanded for mistreating horses last month.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An electric refrigerator, gas range, electric washer and an electric food mixer will be among the major prizes given at The Argus free cooking school at the Fort Theater May 16-18.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Next Thursday will be Straw Hat Day in Rock Island, officially ushering in the season for men to put away their winter felt head pieces and don the lightweight model for summertime. Plans for the annual affair were made yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce at the Harper House.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A new sculpture, 'Rhythm,' by Gene Horvath was unveiled Sunday on the front lawn of the Davenport Art Gallery. The sculpture was commissioned by the Maka Gallery, Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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