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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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