Day in history for July 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Kelter has just finished a set of Masonic jewels for Fort Armstrong Lodge of Masons. It excels anything of the kind ever before seen in Rock Island.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island City Council is expected to discuss the practicality of having a paid fire department in the city.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Exposition became a reality at the first meeting of stockholders last night at the Harper House.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The possibility that the Rock Island Arsenal will receive contracts for Naval ordnance and other equipment it can manufacture for the Navy under the projected Naval building program was viewed optimistically by Congressman Chester Thompson of Rock Island today.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Scott County Oral Deaf School will benefit from the fifth annual Parade of Homes Ball Sept 6. Chairmen making arrangements for the event are Mrs. George Shoemaker, decorations; Mrs. Ken Kuebler, general chairman; Mrs. Steve Spelletich, publicity, and Mrs. William Covemaker, tickets. Scott Clark's orchestra will provide music.

1983 -- 25 years ago
No one in Sherrard has to ask how William Allen's garden grows. The beauty of the flowers and vegetables speaks for itself, reflecting the care the lifetime village resident provides.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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