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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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