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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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