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.

Back: Available days in July 2008

Local events heading

  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

(More History)