Day in history for August 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
On Wednesday evening last, StormAndrsquo;s Band was out enlivening a favored few with some of their sweetest strains.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football squad will spend a two-week training period at Big Island.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
A quick switch was pulled last night on a 40-year-old Rock Island County farmer who believes that no one could have any better neighbors than he has. His neighbors cast their votes for William F. Parchert, Buffalo Prairie, and elected him the winner of the Good Neighbor Contest, sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce in connection with the 1958 Rock Island County Fair.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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