Day in history for August 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The professor officer of the state asylum at Jacksonville and seven of his deaf pupils visited our city last evening and held a public exhibition at the court. The house was full of ladies and gentlemen who were highly amazed at the knowledge of grammar, history and mathematics the scholars exhibited.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Cornelius Lynde, Jr., and a party have arrived home from Europe.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the Ninth Street Park horse races yesterday, the winners were Dutch Boy, Lou H, Tommy Hammond and Yellow Rose.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. H.C. First of 1031 21st St., Rock Island, 89-year-old veteran of the Civil War, was one of the honor guard at the casket of Abraham Lincoln, following his assassination.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first step to annex the Maple Grove school tract to the city of Moline was taken by the board of education when it adopted a resolution asking the mayor and the city council to bring the school land within the city limits. Basis for the request was to provide adequate water supply for fire protection and drinking purposes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The customers were pushing their noses in the big glass windows of Venture's new Moline store as early as 8:30 this morning. The customers were waiting for the store's debut, called a ``soft opening'' by Manager Bill Blaylock. The grand opening for the store located at 2000 36th Ave., is slated for October.

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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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