Day in history for June 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Since the warm weather has set in, great precaution should be taken to have all the filth and refuse matter taken from our streets. This deserves the immediate attention of our authorities.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Two boisterous drunks aroused residents near 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street last night by firing pistols in the air.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Friday, July 10, is the day set aside for the dedication of Long View Park.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Lightning struck three homes and two buildings in Rock Island and Moline and Washington School in Moline within a half-hour period during this afternoon's severe thunderstorm. Lightning also struck a tree in the yard of another Rock Island home.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A 4-H judging team to represent Rock Island County in the state judging contest July 1 at Urbana was selected Saturday at the annual 4-H federation judging contest on the Wallie Neumann farm in Rural Township.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Orange flames brightened the early morning sky in downtown Rock Island today, and black and gray smoke wafted across the Mississippi River when a post-midnight blaze worked its way through the vacant Chances Are cocktail lounge and disco. No one was injured as the fire of unknown origin gutted the two-story building at 2116 4th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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