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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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