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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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