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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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