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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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