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: 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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