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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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