Day in history for July 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Newly mown hay has already commenced coming in. The crop this season will be one of the finest ever known.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The county board of supervisors set aside $7,500 for the new county office building.

1908 -- 100 years ago
According to the board of education census just completed, there are 8,046 children of school age in Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Official publication of payrolls and claims was ordered stopped by the Rock Island City Council last night. The action terminated a custom of many years' standing of allowing the public to view through the public press the city's outlay of funds on labor and claims.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Robert D. Heitsch Jr., wife of Rock Island's new city manager, was welcomed yesterday at a luncheon given at the Paradise room by women employees of the city and wives of men employees. The Heitsch family has just recently secured a home in the city, moving here from Mount Clemens, Mich.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Alleman High School ahtletic director Don Morris, who retired just four months ago after 33 years as the school's basketball coach, is in critical condition today in an Albuquerque, N.M., hospital. Morris, 60, apparently suffered a heart stoppage after emergency surgery for an aneurysm Saturday.

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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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