Day in history for July 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have heretofore neglected to mention that our old friend Henry A. McPike has become associate editor and publisher of the Johnstown, Pa., Echo.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Will Catton of St. Louis and H.J. Synes of Rock Island will put on an exhibition billiard match tonight at Goldensteen's Parlors.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Protests have been made to the city council that the proposed wheel tax ordinance is unfair.

1933 -- 75 years ago
With but one day remaining to cast votes in the High School Student's Travel Opportunity campaign, the contest still remained anybody's race today as standings through Friday evening were announced. Robert Kale leads the boys with 17,081,000 votes and Alice Betts leads in the girls division with 20,791,000 votes cast for her.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The third annual family basket picnic for Rock Island city employees is scheduled to be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Gra-El private picnic grounds three-and-a-half miles east of the Quad-City Airport on Highway 6.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County's new jail will cost $586,650 less than was expected. The Rock Island County Public Building Commission opened general contracting bids Friday afternoon and awarded the job to Darin and Armstrong Inc. of Peoria.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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