Day in history for August 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
On Saturday, during the thunderstorm, the lightning was conducted by the telegraph wires to the machines in the office and completely demolished them.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County farmers welcomed the first rain in weeks. Pastures were sorely in need of refreshing showers.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The county-wide chest X-ray survey will start in Rock Island County next Tuesday, and continue through Sept. 26. The survey is being sponsored by the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association, in cooperation with the Division of Tuberculosis Control, Illinois Department of Public Health. There will be two units working in the county during the survey.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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