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: 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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