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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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