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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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