Day in history for August 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A spirited pair of horses attached to a lime wagon went tearing down Illinois Street at a terrible rate, to the great danger of life and property.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The new Rock Island passenger station will be provided with a tower clock and train sheds.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The largest number of students since the founding of the institution will attend the Villa de Chantal this fall.

1951 -- 50 years ago
East Moline firemen, who hadn't been called out of the station since Aug. 7, were roused into action shortly after 8 this morning when a Hampton humane-society member reported that a cat was perched on top of a telephone pole at 13th St. and 30th Ave. The rescue accomplished, firemen said that the humane-society member was deeply relieved of her anxiety, and that the neighbors, who had listened to the cat's vocal complaints for more than six hours, were gratified by the action, not to mention the apparent gratitude of the victim.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A growing lack of interest among members of the Silvis Businessmen's Association has prompted club officials to start a rejuvenation campaign. A series of weekly coffee klatches is scheduled to begin sometime in September in the old library in the basement of city hall, and Lyle Scharping, club president, hopes the rap sessions will ``stimulate more interest in the group.''

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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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