Day in history for August 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
In our telegraphic report of this morning will be found the particulars on the Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. This great experiment has at last been successfully accomplished.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city jail is undergoing a thorough remodeling. Doors and grates are being installed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
On Aug. 9, the people of Illinois will vote for the first time for party candidates under the new primary law which went into effect July 1.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Qualifying in the womenAndrsquo;s annual championship golf tournament at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club ends tomorrow. Mrs. C.D. Waterman of Davenport is defending champion.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Continental Oil Company announced that two Quad-City area residents were among the 112 winners of their national spring contest staged in conjunction with the introduction of the new Conoco Super Motor Oil. The two are Walter E. Baldwin, 1225 West 7th St., and Mrs. A.I. Kelsey, 2829 Grand Ave., both of Davenport.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A party marked the end of MerlinAndrsquo;s Midsummer Magic reading program at the Rock Island Public Library July 30, and a special treat was on hand. The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a professional company from Iowa City, traveled to Rock Island to perform for the youngsters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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