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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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