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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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