Day in history for July 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Some very fine corn was brought to town last Thursday.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A sum of $46,600 has been appropriated for improvements on the Mississippi River harbor at Rock Island.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Jasper Sievers was awarded the contract for remodeling the city hall. His bid was $10,370.

1933 -- 75 years ago
All box seats at Douglas Park, with the exception of five along the third base line, have been sold for the Rock Island-Cincinnati baseball game next Monday night. A capacity crowd is expected for the contest.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The first swimming pool in Erie is being built at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brahm. Mr. Brahm expects the pool to be completed this weekend. The pool is 12 1/2 feet by 26 1/2 feet with a depth of seven feet at one end and three feet at the other end. The 15,000 gallons of water in the pool is filtered continuously. Underwater lighting will be added for nighttime swimming.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Officials of the Rock Island County Fair finally called it quits after a week of sweltering heat. All livestock was sent home except the 4-H livestock, which was auctioned Saturday. Fair officials met Friday and decided for the safety of the animals to release show livestock after temperatures began to cool down.

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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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