Day in history for August 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A few weeks ago, fishing was the sole amusement for the leisure moments. Now that the blackberries have begun to ripen, many persons have taken to the bluffs.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Proceeds of a public picnic at Sylvan Island tomorrow will be used for band concerts in Franklin Square.

1908 -- 100 years ago
H.L. Wheelan was nominated for the Democratic minority representative to the state legislature in the primary election.

1933 -- 75 years ago
County Treasurer E. Clifford Hall tomorrow will distribute $555,500 of tax payments to treasurers of cities, townships, the county and the state as a fifth partial settlement on the collection of taxes for the year.

1958 -- 50 years ago
About 250 persons attended the third annual picnic for Rock Isalnd city employees and their families at the Gra-El picnic grounds, three-and-a-half miles east of Quad-City Airport on U.S. Route 6. Nineteen races and contests were conducted under the direction of Kenneth W. Kramer, city recreation superintendent, and Miss Sally Welch, Youth Guidance Council social worker.

1983 -- 25 years ago
They call it Andldquo;CE-1Andrdquo; in Seattle. A close encounter of the first kind. The citing of an unidentified flying object within 500 feet. Officials of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle say they want to talk to residents of a rural Port Byron neighborhood who reported seeing and hearing something in the heavens about 9 p.m. Monday. The descriptions of it vary, but all agree it lit the sky.

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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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