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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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