Day in history for July 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
George W. Pleasants Esq. has been elected school commissioner of the county, to succeed J.W. Churchill, who resigned. Since all citizens had agreed on naming Pleasants, no voters bothered to go to the polls in most precincts. All of Pleasants' 95 votes were cast in Rock Island, Edgington and Hampton districts.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Emil Koehler was wounded when Jacob Huber's gun accidentally discharged as the two men were hunting. Dr. S.C. Plummer amputated Koehler's right arm.

1904 -- 100 years ago
J. Hayes Robinson, mandolinist, will be the concert attraction at the Rock Island Club tomorrow night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Manufacturing Co. has spent $125,000 to improve its plants and has added 100 men to the force.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Conversations with wholesale tobacconists in Rock Island have revealed that cigarette sales may have slipped, but ever so slightly. One tobacco dealer said his cigarette sales are back to normal after a drop during January, February and March due to the reports linking smoking with cancer.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A good set of feet and legs plus height and length was what Dennis Loenser was looking for when he judged the open class sheep breeding stock competition at the Rock Island County Fair Tuesday. This is the first year he has been a judge at the Rock Island County Fair.

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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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