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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