Day in history for July 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Our office was honored by a serenade by the Rock Island Sax Horn Band.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The new street car on the Milan road proved to be of a too narrow gauge and will have to be replaced.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island merchants are jubilant today as the circus yesterday brought thousands of visitors to the city.

1933 -- 75 years ago
E.J. VanHoutte of East Moline and Joe Burke of Rock Island were tied for top place in the Sears, Roebuck Andamp; Co., handicap golf tournament at the Saukie public links of Rock Island, each turning in a score of net 69. They will engage in a match play next Sunday to determine the champion.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Whisked in a moment from a cold, rainy night in Illinois to a bright, sunny morning on an Oklahoma farm -- that was the experience of nearly a thousand music lovers who braved the chilly drizzle to fill the Prospect Park auditorium to capacity for the opening of the Quad-City Music Guild's production of Andquot;Oklahoma!Andquot; last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The so-called Andquot;dog days of summerAndquot; could more correctly be called the Andquot;hog daysAndquot; of summer. High temperatures and humidity combine to put livestock under unusual stress. Geneseo Rendering Service Co. has already picked up twice as many dead animals now than all of last year.

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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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