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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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