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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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