Day in history for September 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have been informed by the board of education that the seats for the school houses, in the first and second districts, will be ready by the time school opens on Sept. 27.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Decker of Davenport and Mrs. Williams of Rock Island will play for the womenAndrsquo;s golf championship at the Arsenal Golf Course tomorrow.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at $4,000 resulted from a fire at the Rock Island Metal Foundry, 506 41st St., early last evening. The alarm was received about 6:20 p.m. A probe of the damage will be continued in an effort to determine the cause of the blaze.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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