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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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