Day in history for August 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
In the lower portion of the city, there are quite a number of new buildings being erected.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The old machinery at the city waterworks building was set in motion yesterday afternoon, but ran only two hours. Three defective pipes developed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Order of Owls was established today in Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The office of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce in the Fort Armstrong Hotel was a beehive of activity today as retailers rushed to file their first returns and remittances under the Illinois 2 percent sales tax law. Reports and payments must be sent to the state department of finance not later than tomorrow.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Parades, a carnival, top professional entertainment, street dances, a horseshow, ball game and valuable prize awards Andndash; all this and more are included on the first Milan Indian Summer Festival program, which was completed at a committee meeting in the Milan American Legion building last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The big news in agriculture this summer has been the record-breaking hot, dry weather which has left crops in much of the Corn Belt wilting and withered in the summer sun. It appears there is no immediate end in sight.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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