Day in history for August 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The city attorney has been instructed to notify all those who are in arrears for their proportion of the cost of building sidewalks that unless they shall pay the same to him at once, proceedings will be commenced to collect the amount by special assessment.

1901 -- 100 years ago
There have been a large number of snake bites along the river this summer, campers being the ones who have suffered in the greatest number of instances.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Captain E.T. Hanson and Mrs. Hanson have arrived in Rock Island to take up the direction of the local division of the Salvation Army.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The chess team from the Tri-City Chess and Checkers Club retained the downstate Illinois chess team championship by defeating Decatur and Rockford teams in the annual title match at the Hotel Kaskaskia, LaSalle. The title was won last year in a match at Peoria. Members of the team are Karl Wiegmann, captain, John Warren, Henry Jeffrey and Alfons Rochow, all of Rock Island, and Clyde Gray, Davenport.

1976 -- 25 years ago
There will be plenty of natural gas for everybody this winter, gas company officials say, at a higher price. Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. officials say they haven't been notified how much higher prices will be, but the utility's principal supplier said the rate hike is expected to be about 6.2 percent, or about $15.69 for an average homeowner whose annual heating bill is now $253.

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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.




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