Day in history for July 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We understand arrangements have been made to commence work on the First Presbyterian Church, which has remained partially completed for a number of months.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The number of men employed at the Rock Island Arsenal this summer totals about 450.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Truman Plantz was named one of the general attorneys of the Modern Woodmen of America by the executive committee yesterday.

1933 -- 75 years ago
This is a Andquot;red-letterAndquot; day in the history of the carrier-salemen for The Argus. Today they became members of the Newspaper Boys of America, a new national organization founded to develop character and business ability in newspaper boys.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Larry D. Greer, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Merwin Greer of Aledo, walked off with the first major championship of the 104th Mercer County fair which opened today. Greer's heavyweight Angus steer was picked as the grand champion of the county 4-H steer show this morning. The steer weighed 900 pounds.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Clouds of an ammonia based liquid drifted through a Moline neighborhood area near the 2500 block of 4th Avenue on Friday after warm temperatures opened relief valves on several 55 gallon drums holding the solution.

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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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