Day in history for July 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Sunday Schools had a grand time on the Island. Hundreds of happy hearts throbbed with joy.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island City Council approved of the erection of a band pavilion in Franklin Park.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Coal Valley had a threatening fire this morning. Flames broke out in a building occupied by a saloon and a barber shop.

1933 -- 75 years ago
All Methodist churches of Rock Island -- First, Spencer, Memorial and Centenary -- will have delegations at the opening session of the Galesburg District camp meeting at Milan Methodist campground tomorrow night. The speaker at the initial services will be the Rev. Axel Pearson of Bethel Methodist Church, Moline.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A 12-foot illuminated water fountain was dedicated at brief ceremonies last night at the Memri Drive-In Theater at Milan. Dedication of the fountain commemorated the 11th year of the drive-in theater and the approaching Milan Indian Summer Festival.

1983 -- 25 years ago
According to the PGA, charity is the big winner on its tour. This year's Miller High Life QCO will benefit Arrowhead Ranch and the Davenport Development Center. The open has been contributing to charity since its very beginning in 1971. In that first year $12,000 was distributed to more than 20 charities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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