Day in history for August 31, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The ladies of the Second Presbyterian church of the city of Rock Island, informed the citizens of said city, on Wednesday, through the columns of the Argus and Commercial, that they had chartered the Rock Island ferry boat for the purpose of giving a picnic party for the benefit of the Second Presbyterian church. Owing to the inclemency of the weather on Thursday, the excursion was postponed until Friday the 27th instead.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Steamer T.J. Robinson has been decommissioned as the Rock Island-Davenport ferry. A new boat is being built at the Kahlke boat yards.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The 17,000th pint of blood to be given in Henry County since the inception of the Red Cross Bloodmobile program was given at Geneseo yesterday by the Rev. Elmer F. Sahlgren, pastor of the Geneseo First Lutheran Church.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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