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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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