Day in history for August 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
It is now believed the corn crop will be one of the finest for a number of years.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The two new cars for the Milan Streetcar Co. arrived today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Forty-nine children are housed at Bethany Home in Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Keokuk last night put on one of those wild games which have become quite common this season in the Mississippi Valley League. Together they amassed 33 hits, good for 50 bases. The Islanders showed more activity at the bat, and on the baselines, so they were on the long end of the 22-9 score.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Togas and columns set the open air stage for Andldquo;Oedipus RexAndrdquo;, a Greek drama to be presented Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. A part of the Starlight Revue Series, the drama is to be performed by members of the Genesius Guild.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City Cruisers Car Club will have its second Andldquo;Summer Sock HopAndrdquo; tonight at W.L. Eddy School, 125 W. 2nd Ave., Milan. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and music will start at 7 p.m. and continue until midnight. The band will be Andldquo;Shenandoah,Andrdquo; which specializes in Andlsquo;50s and Andlsquo;60s tunes.

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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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