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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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