Day in history for July 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A man with a girl aged 11 wishes to find a home for her with a good, respectable family. She is smart and capable of taking care of children.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Hiram Pedfield of Belleville, Ill., will take charge of the Rock Island House in August.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The highest temperature of the year was reached yesterday with a reading of 92 degrees.

1933 -- 75 years ago
More than 2,500 persons attended the public picnic held yesterday afternoon and last night at Long View Park in Rock Island under the auspices of Amoo Grotto. The baseball game between the Rock Island firemen and Amoo Grotto team featured the afternoon program. Firemen won by 24-4.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The electric fence around the inside of the moat circling monkey island in Fejervary Park was being raised three feet today. The move was authorized by the park board in an effort to keep the monkeys on the island. Five went over the wall yesterday. Three were missing early today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
After a few days of comparative relief, the battle to stay cool is once again heating up in the Quad-Cities. Yesterday's high of 102 tied the record for July 28, set in 1916. Iowa-Illinois Gas Andamp; Electric Co., are sweating out another peak usage period.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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