Day in history for July 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Reilly has lost his coat somewhere. He says he will pay $5 to anyone who will leave it at this office.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Ben T. Cable was elected an officer of the Davenport Boat Club last night.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A Taft Club was organized by a group of Republicans at Turner hall last night.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Twenty-five night employees of the Rock Island Lines depot of Rock Island enjoyed a stag outing today at Credit Island. In a baseball game between the roundhouse and fire department of the railroad, a home run by Frank Bledsoe in the ninth inning gave the roundhouse team the victory.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Twenty persons received certificates last night upon the successful completion of a 1-week course designed to teach them how to teach handicapped persons to swim. The sessions were held at the Rock Island YWCA pool. Ernie Goetz, first aid and water safety representative for the American Red Cross, conducted the course.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Todd Rosenthal, an assistant varsity wrestling coach at East Moline, finished fourth in the International Wrestling Tournament in East Germany. Rosenthal, competing in the Greco-Roman division, defeated an East German, a Bulgarian and a Czechoslovakian before losing two matches to Russian competitors.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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