DAVENPORT -- The sun was brighter than the biting of the cold Tuesday when the Saukenuk Paddlers took part in their annual new year's gracing of theMississippi River.
Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak club members Rosemary Dreessen, Nick Bleuer, Lynn Majetic, JoAnne Rebello, John Zabloudil and club president Dave Hill launched into the river at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Marquette Street boat ramp in Davenport, participating in the 34th annual First In Float.
The club also held a Last Out Float at 1 p.m. Monday.
Ms. Dreessen said they had help from some "support crew," also members of the club. The members paddled a couple hundred yards out into the river, she said.
"It was beautiful and invigorating just to see the sun on the water," Ms. Dreessen said.
The annual floats were first held Dec. 31, 1978, and Jan. 1, 1979, by club founders Harold Harrington and Dick Butts.
Area paddlers are invited to the club's monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m.the last Wednesday of every month, at the American Red Cross building, 1100 River Drive, Moline. For more information, visit rivers-end.org.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.