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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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