Day in history for August 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Congress is about to pass a law requiring payment on postage of letters by the sender, instead of by the recipient.

1879 -- 125 years ago
E.D. Sweeney was elected president of the board of the Rock Island Public Library. H.C. Connelly chosen as secretary.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island professional baseball team has advanced to fifth place in the Three-I League standings after winning three in a row from Dubuque.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Burglars cracked open the safe in the office of J.J. Hagen, superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools, but they found no money there and nothing else of value to them.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $150,000 building program to expand operations at the Ralston Purina Co., 433 Pine St., Davenport, has been completed. The new plants are now in operation, it was announced today by John M. Burrows, manager. The Davenport plant serves 40 branch plants throughout the country. The new buildings will increase production facilities to serve additional outlets.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Students at Rock Island's Edison and Washington Junior Highs may be able to sleep about 20 minutes later this school year than they did last year. The board of education will be asked to approve a new schedule, under which classes would not start until 8:50 a.m. Under the new schedule classes would end at 2:50 p.m.

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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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