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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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