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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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