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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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