Day in history for June 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have been informed that it is not a steam, but a one-man power ferry boat that is running from Moline to Gilberttown.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harper's Theater was crowed last night for the annual commencement exercises of Rock Island High School.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Churches of Rock Island will observe Sunday as Children's Day.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Albert Brandenburg, Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, last night at the Masonic Temple.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The largest American Flag ever made by the Regalia Manufacturing Co., Rock Island, is being completed and will be delivered within a few days to a riding club at Wever, Iowa. The huge banner will be carried between six horses. The flag is 18 by 36 feet and Mrs. Florence Turner and Mrs. Bessie Baker did most of the work on the flag.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Several days of site preparation work are needed before the wrecking ball demolishes Jordan Catholic School, 214 14th St., Rock Island, the site of the new Rock Island County jail. Workers were at the site today erecting a fence that will contain falling debris. Water and sewer lines have to be shut down, and telephone and electric power lines must be removed before demolition can begin next week.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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