Day in history for August 29, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
This was the first day of our county fair.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Argillo Works at Carbon Cliff, owned by J.F. Robinson and Fred Titterington of Rock Island, has started a new machine for the manufacture of a plastic fire brick.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The third annual parade of the Rock Island playground children with their new lanterns, staged in Long View Park, set a new mark with 150 entries.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island boys, ages 6 and 7, were being questioned by Policewoman Madeline L. Johnson today in connection with the smashing of a neon church sign and windows in used cars. The boys were taken into custody last night after they reportedly were seen throwing stones at a sign at First Lutheran Church, 406 14th St., and breaking windows in cars at the Buck Buick used car lot, 4th Ave. and 14th St. H.P. Buck, proprietor of the Buick firm, said about ten car windows have been smashed at the used car lot in the last four or five days. He estimated damage at $100.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A firecracker thrown from a passing car as two ambulance attendants were lifting a patient onto a stretcher at 2534 7th Ave., Rock Island, Saturday night, resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old youth and a 17-year-old girl on charges of reckless conduct and possession of fireworks. According to police, the firecracker hit the stretcher, fell to the ground and exploded.

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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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