Day in history for July 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A picnic for Baptist Sunday School students will be held at the bluffs today. A balloon will be sent up in recognition of the occasion.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A tree was placed in the northwest corner of the courthouse yard today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Motorists of Rock Island told the city council that they would not object to a city wheel tax, provided the fee is not too high.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was fifth among Illinois cities in the estimated value of construction begun during June, according to a report of the State Department of Labor. The total estimated value of construction in Rock Island was $95,277. The only cities which topped Rock Island were Chicago, Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A lucky break in the rainy weather brought clear skies and a crowd estimated at over 8,000 to Moline's riverfront yesterday as the second annual water show was held at the boat harbor along River Drive. Featured attractions were the Sid Selhost water skiers and hydroplane boat races. Mayor Arnold Smith gave the opening address. The show lasted about three hours. Officials said some 200 cars were turned away.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Deere Andamp; Co. Chairman Robert Hanson today endorsed the Reagan administration's farm policy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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