Day in history for July 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island woman was taken to Jacksonville to be placed in an insane asylum. While on her way to Jacksonville she gave conclusive proof of her insanity. There is no affliction more to be regretted than insanity.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A telephone line soon will be connected between Rock Island and Maquoketa, Iowa.

1908 -- 100 years ago
B.D. Connelly made the presentation speech at the dedication exercises at Long View Park yesterday.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Work of rehabilitating the plant of the Rock Island Brewing Co. will be undertaken immediately with a view toward starting the manufacture of beer in a few weeks, Gustave Tegeler, general manager, announced today. Expenditure of about $203,000 are contemplated to put the brewery in operation.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The second meeting of the Barstow Teenagers was followed by a square dance Wednesday night in the Barstow District fire house. The McCalls of East Moline were instructors.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Arte Johnson, best known for his comedy work on the TV show Andquot;Laugh-In,Andquot; came to the Quad-Cities Monday afternoon, along with Lee Van Cleef, another well-known Hollywood actor, for a press conference prior to appearing at Pro-Am day at the Miller High Life Quad Cities Open at Oakwood Country Club Wednesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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