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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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