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: 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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