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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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