Day in history for July 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are going to have a live circus in Rock Island next Wednesday. It is Spalding and Rogers' celebrated company. They have the reputation of being the best organization now traveling.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Carpenters are at work putting up a new bandstand at Franklin Park.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. F.J. Rolf of Massena, Iowa, has accepted a call to the pastorage of the German Evangelical Church, Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Operation and maintenance of two Rock Island departments of public safety - the fire and police department - will cost $94,250 during the year - which began April 1 under appropriations fixed by the city council. The fire department will get $59,250 and the police, $35,000.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Babe DeMay, Rock Island, won the expert finals class in the motorcycle races run yesterday afternoon at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds before approximately 2,500 fans.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Paula Bonduelle was a representative from United Township High School at the 18th annual summer workshop for newspapers at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Bonduelle served as news editor for MASH Raps, a newspaper produced by the high school journalist during the camp. She won the best editorial award.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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