Day in history for July 27, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have noticed the fact that at every public entertainment, given at Island City Hall, it is the custom for a number of urchins from six to fourteen years of age to congregate in front of the hall and disturb the audience by hallooing and whistling, which is a great annoyance.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Workmen today are filling in Eighteenth Street between First and Second Avenues. It is a needed improvement.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Formal dedication of the new pipe organ presented to the German Lutheran church, Twentieth Street and Fifth Avenue, by Fred Weyerhaeuser will take place tomorrow.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Encouraging activity in Rock Island was itemized in The Argus and was based on a survey by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. There are many indications of apparent industrial and business recovery. Construction work is increasing and buildings are being remodeled.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Installation of a swimming pool, water service from Port Byron, and improved sanitation facilities are projects scheduled to be undertaken in the camp development at Girl Scout Camp Shabonee.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A new shopping mall to be built in north Davenport will offer name-brand merchandise at a reduced cost and could put 300 Quad-Citians to work. The Centre will consist of about 35 stores.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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