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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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