Day in history for July 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A new fire engine arrived yesterday for Rescue Company No. 2. It is a first-class engine and cost $2,050.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Several horses from Rock Island will be entered in races to be held in Monmouth on the Fourth of July.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Company A of Rock Island and Battery B of Davenport will stage a sham battle as a part of Rock Islands's Fourth of July celebration.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Cong. Chester Thompson of Rock Island received word today from Arthur O'Brien, secretary to Gov. Henry Horner, to the effect that the headquarters of District 7 of the Illinois Highway police will remain in Rock Island for the present.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 2,000 youngsters at Rock Island's 94 playground and park areas will be taking part in a treasure hunt tomorrow afternoon. Directors of the various playgrounds will be in charge of the event. Hidden clues will direct teams to the treasures. Candy treats will be given to all boys and girls taking part in the hunts.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Larry Alvarado, Moline, recently was named first place winner in the Young American Patriotic Arts contest sponsored by VFW Post 8890 of East Moline. Alvarado is a 1983 graduate of Moline High School and will attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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