Day in history for June 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The committee in charge of making arrangements for the Fourth of July are determined to get up a celebration worthy of the day. No general celebration has been held for many years.

1883 -- 125 years ago
School board elections will take place in Rock Island tomorrow.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Mississippi River passed the 12-foot stage at Rock Island today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County has submitted projects calling for highway improvement funds totaling $376,000. The projects will be taken under consideration by the governor's unemployment commission. Allocations would come out of the money set aside for Illinois in the public works program of the federal government in highway construction.

1958 -- 50 years ago
College students were reminded today by Selective Service officials that they must apply now for draft deferments.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The last drink will be poured and the last glass lifted Thursday at the Jug bar in the LeClaire Hotel. The Jug will close at the end of this month due to lack of business. The hotel has been a downtown Moline landmark since it opened in December 1922. The bar probably opened soon after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. It has been a popular gathering place for downtown Moline workers ever since.

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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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