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: 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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