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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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