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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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