Day in history for July 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The pleasant Fourth of July celebration had a sad finale. Flames were issuing from the roof of the new Rock Island High School building. Because of low water pressure, nothing could be done, but to stand by and see the structure burn to the ground.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Police are complaining of dull business, not one arrest this week.

1908 -- 100 years ago
More than 15,000 Tri-City residents were at Watch Tower Park over the weekend.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Assurance that the police department will cooperate with the mayor and city council in carrying out orders for law enforcement in Rock Island was voiced by Chief Herman Sehnert at a conference with Herman P. Brown, mayor pro tempore.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A submerged log ripped their 22-foot cabin cruiser to the tune of $1,400 damage, but Rock Islanders Mr. and Mrs. Frank MacDougall escaped without serious injury in a Mississippi River boat accident last Monday near LaCrosse, Wis.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A group of 22 Girl Scouts went camping last week and really got back to the Andquot;BASICs.Andquot; The Andquot;BASICsAndquot; stand for Andquot;Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction CodeAndquot; - basic computer language. The group attended a computer camp sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council at its office, 2011 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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