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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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