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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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