Day in history for September 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Dr. Robert J. Wilcox of Sheffield for some very fine grapes. They are the celebrated Isabella variety.1883 -- 125 years ago: The street and sewer payroll amounted to $1,330.72 for the first two weeks in September.1908 -- 100 years ago: Dr. Oscar Montelius, a world renowned archaeologist of Stockholm, Sweden, will lecture in Rock Island on Nov. 2.1933 -- 75 years ago: Pastors of the three Methodist Churches in Rock Island have been reappointed to their present charges by Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf of Chicago.1958 -- 50 years ago: A new $4.3 million acute diagnostic and medical-surgical building is in the offering for East Moline State Hospital if Illinois voters approve the $248 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election. The money will be part of $81 million set aside from the bond issue for institutions in the department of Public Welfare.1983 -- 25 years ago: Bob Parker of Davenport claimed $200 and a trophy for his first-place finish in the sixth annual regional duck-calling contest Sunday night sponsored by Mississippi Flyaway Wildlife Inc., an area conservation group. Parker will compete in the world championship contest to be held in Stuttgart, Ark., in November.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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