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: 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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