Day in history for June 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have received the first number of a new semi-weekly paper, just started by Mr. Frank M. Linehan, in Moline. It is neatly printed and bids fair to become one of the permanent institutions of that place.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Hot weather in this area is driving the residents to their summer camps.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Harper house in Rock Island is to be remodeled at an estimated cost of $100,000.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Herbert E. Liljegren, 2019 15th Street, Moline, was appointed Rock Island County adult probation officer today by Circuit Judge Nels A. Larson. He assumes his new duties Saturday. Judge Larson entered a court order coincident with the appointment of Mr. Liljegren, terminating tomorrow the tenure of Charles Oswald of Rock Island and James J. Trevor of Moline as probation officers.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Two teenage fishermen uncovered a strange find on Big Island along the Hennepin Canal this morning -- eight sticks of dynamite, a detonating cap and a fuse which had been lighted but had failed to burn down.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Low bids for plumbing, heating and electrical work at the new Rock Island County Jail are $400,000 less than expected, and much of the work will be done by local firms. The apparent low bids added up to $1,872,488.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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