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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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