Day in history for August 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We notice that T.A. Burditt is remodeling his store and will open in a day or two with a large and choice stock of wines, liquors and cigars on hand.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Many Rock Island residents are playing lawn tennis and baseball, because of the excellent weather.

1908 -- 100 years ago
On the basis of early morning returns, the first Illinois primary election resulted in light balloting.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Lt. Col. Glen E. Edgerton, now in charge of the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers, will leave for Washington, D.C. within a few weeks to take charge of the river and harbors section in the War Department. Lt. Col. Edgerton has been in charge of the Rock Island District since the fall of 1930.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An American Telephone Co. cable two-and-a-half miles east of Geneseo on the canal road was riddled by eight rifle shots some time Wednesday, it was reported to Henry County authorities. Company officials said someone with a .22-caliber rifle probably was shooting at birds and damaged the 260-wire cable.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Board will hear comments from the public next Tuesday on the proposed merger of the countyAndrsquo;s health department and tuberculosis sanitarium. The county boardAndrsquo;s welfare committee decided Monday that the proposal should be presented to the full board.

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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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