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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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