Day in history for June 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A grand reopening of the LeClaire House will be held this evening. The LeClaire has been newly repaired and thoroughly renovated.

1883 -- 125 years ago
An official investigation conducted by Ira Holly of Iowa City showed Rock Island's water works to be in Andquot;bad shape.Andquot;

1908 -- 100 years ago
Tag Day in Moline to raise funds for Bethany Home in Rock Island netted $700 yesterday.

1933 -- 75 years ago
All officers of the Modern Woodmen of America were unanimously re-elected for terms of four years each in Detroit, Mich., this morning at the 22nd quadrennial head camp. Among the officers re-elected was J.G. Ray, Rock Island, head clerk.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Eighty boys will open the first of six camp periods at YMCA Camp Hauberg near Port Byron Monday. Attending the first 10-day period will be 50 boys sponsored by the Illinois Police Benevolent Association and about 30 boys from the Rock Island-Moline area, according to Dale F. Holmgrain, boys' work secretary at the Rock Island YMCA.

1983 -- 25 years ago
May 31 was the end of an era. The side-wise grin and the Andquot;Hey, KidAndquot; greetings of Joe Mendel will no longer be heard. Nor will he take his daily walk through John Deere Harvester Works. The youngster who made it big has retired. From age 17 Mendel has worked for Deere Andamp; Co.

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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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