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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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