Day in history for July 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Baker family refused to pay the license fee demanded in Davenport for concerts. Instead of charging admission, they gave the concert free of charge. At the close of the concert, a man in the audience proposed that a hat be passed around. About $75 was collected.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi River is rising at the rate of an inch an hour because of northern rains.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The opening of the Island City Boat Clubhouse last night was attended by more than 500 persons.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Keokuk became stubborn in the final game of the series last night and it took the Islanders 11 innings to gain the third straight victory, 5-4. A triple to right-center by Jack Redmond brought in the winning score.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Irma DeDoncker, 75, of East Moline, a member of a pioneer East Moline family, was killed when she was struck by a Burlington Railroad passenger train near the 17th Street crossing. It is believed Mrs. Dedoncker confused a railroad trestle for a crosswalk on her return home after visiting friends in the area.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Cities auto dealers are getting an infusion of new blood -- 26 sales people trained and ready fresh from the umemployment line. The 26 will start work for 19 local dealers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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