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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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