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: 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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