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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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