Day in history for August 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday the grading of Swan Street was begun. Few streets in the city need working more than this one.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Stars defeated the Iowa City nine yesterday at the 9th Street diamond by a score of 10-9.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Elaborate ground plans for the Rock Island Exposition to be held in September were adopted by the board of directors last night.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. C.D. Waterman of Davenport, defending champion, won her 13th title at Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club this morning by defeating Mrs. E.G. Don, also of Davenport. The match was one of the closest ever played in the womenAndrsquo;s finals with Mrs. Waterman coming from behind to win.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Hog farmers in Illinois made the highest return in 1957 that they have realized since 1942, according to records kept by more than 5,000 farmers in the Illinois Farm Management Service.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Beginning late this year, Iowa Quad-Cities residents will be served by a new therapeutic radiation unit known as a linear accelerator. The unit will be set up in a specially constructed addition to the Central Park Medical Pavilion adjacent to Mercy Hospital, Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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