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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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