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: 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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