Day in history for August 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Comment is unnecessary in regard to the ability of the theater company now in town to perform any play at all. The crowd that nightly flocks to this place is evidence enough. The plays for tonight are Andldquo;MacbethAndrdquo; and Andldquo;The Stage Struck Yankee.Andrdquo;1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Work on the Mississippi River dike which will keep about 20,000 acres of land dry is progressing rapidly.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
More than 6,500 visitors jammed the fairgrounds south of East Moline Saturday for the final day of the Rock Island County Fair, bringing total attendance for the 5-day event to a record-breaking 29,000.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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