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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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