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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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