Day in history for July 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some few weeks ago, the farmers throughout Rock Island and adjoining counties, made calculations on having the present harvest a fine crop of wheat. But in these calculations, we regret to say, they are doomed to be disappointed. Within the last ten days, the Andquot;spotAndquot; has taken hold of the wheat, which is destroying it at an alarming extent.

1883 -- 125 years ago
City officials advised all Rock Island residents to purify the city water before drinking it.

1908 -- 100 years ago
It is reported that many large and new orders are being received by the Rock Island Tool company.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Flying at a rate of 807.51 yards per minute, a pigeon owned by Camiel Schuyvens, 1724 Sixth St., Rock Island, won first in the race held Sunday by the Rock Island Pigeon club from Stuart, Iowa.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Thirty-four youngsters from Bethany Home, Moline, had the experience of cruising on the Mississippi River on Saturday, through the courtesy of the Cordova Boat Club. Eleven members of the club provided boats for the excursion.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline school officials say the district will post a $1.3 million surplus for the next school year, after a $2.7 million deficit pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy last year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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