Day in history for July 30, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The work on the high school building is progressing. The foundation, the entire wall on the south side and small portions on the other side are standing.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Many are expected to attend the band concert in Union and Franklin Parks tonight.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weather has remained fine here in recent weeks with just enough rain to keep the farmers happy. The outlook is for a very good corn crop this year.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Manager Riley Parker of the Islanders said today he expects to use Al Hollingsworth, star southpaw, in the game with Cincinnati next Monday. Parker also stated that he believes Hollingsworth will be grabbed by a major league club before the season is over and the Reds have first choice.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Why are schools in operation only nine months of the year? This was the question John L. Kline, chief products engineer, unit ventilator department, American Air Filter Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., put before the Rock Island Rotary Club at yesterday's meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. Kline presented a film showing the advantages of air conditioners in schools.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Soaring temperatures caused power problems for area residents and businesses in Sterling, Rock Falls and Prophetstown Friday afternoon.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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