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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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