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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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