Day in history for August 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Edward A. Rucker, Chicago, and Peter Sweat, Peoria, were appointed commissioners for the State of Illinois by the court of claims at Washington.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Roswell Richmond, Rock Island, died suddenly in her home. She was 44 years old and left a husband and three children.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sage, former manager of the Rock Island Baseball Club, wrote his reminiscences of baseball in the Argus.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs led the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League pennant race by the slim margin of one percentage point. Philadelphia led the American league by 12 games.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The theft of 16 pigeons, valued at $25, was reported to Rock Island police this morning by Charles O. VanHoe, 1220 9th St., Rock Island. VanHoe told police the pigeons were removed from a coop at his residence after a wire screen was torn loose from a window.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline man has been re-elected high court trustee of the 168,000 member Catholic Order of Foresters. Victor J. Standaert was selected last week for a second four-year term. He was elected at the order's 41st national convention in Minneapolis.

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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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