Day in history for June 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The 42nd regular meeting of the Young Men's Association will be held at the city library tonight. The resolution to be offered declares that the slaves in America suffer more from oppression than the poor of Europe.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Because of the scarcity of wheat, flour has advanced in price 30 cents a barrel.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The 15th head camp session of the Modern Woodmen of America will convene in Peoria June 16.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An executive committee composed of representatives of the city of Rock Island, the Tri-City Federation of Labor and the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce was formed to take charge of organizing a community campaign to obtain necessary signatures of depositors to put into effect the plan of State Auditor Edward Barrett for the reopening of the Rock Island Bank and Trust Co.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Competition in drag racing and aerobatics will be offered Sunday afternoon at the Quad-City Drag Strip, located north of Cordova on Route 80.

1983 -- 25 years ago
An aggressive corporate-wide energy management program initiated by Deere Andamp; Co. in 1973 has saved, to date, more than 70.1 trillion BTU'S - enough to heat approximately 520,000 homes in the Midwest for one year. This represents a cost avoidance of more than $280 million.

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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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