Day in history for August 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island merchants are making a mistake by not sweeping their sidewalks. Locust trees, overhanging many of the downtown walks, contribute to the litter, which makes a poor impression on visitors. The use of brooms is imperative.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A new floor is being laid in J.R. Johnston's store in the Negus building.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Allyn Fleming, formerly of The Argus staff and now editor of the Galveston, Texas, Evening Tribune, is visiting Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Col. Art Goebel, winner of the Dole air race from California to Hawaii, visited Rock Island in his victory plane, the Woolarac.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Hammond-Henry District Hospital at Geneseo has been chosen as one of three hospitals in Illinois to serve on a committee to establish standards, qualification, and functions of the Head Nurse groups in various hospitals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The steer was a little too big for its owner, but 11-year-old Kathy Hoge of Cambridge still took top honors Saturday in the livestock show at the Illinois State Fair. Her 1,165-pound Chianina-Angus, shown by Dan Kiesewetter of Farmington, was selected grand champion. Kathy, who weighs 80 pounds, said the steer was born on her grandfather's farm, and she worked hard to raise him for the state fair show.

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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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