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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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