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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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