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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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