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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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