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 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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