Day in history for August 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John F. Henry, who had been superintendent of the Chicago and Rock Island Railway, resigned his position and moved to Davenport. He was also the secretary of the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Lumber And Manufacturing Co. started work in its new sash, door and blind factory.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The new quarters to be occupied by the Rock Island Elks were ready for the new tenants.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dolores Del Rio, motion picture star, who had declared at one time that she would never remarry, announced her forthcoming marriage to Cedric Gibbons, motion picture art director.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Miss Susan McDonald, Rock Island harpist who recently captured the Grand Premier Prize of the National Conservatory of Music, Paris, arrived home after spending nearly a year in France. She was the first American ever to win a Grand Premier Prize there.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Geneseo won the Class A championship of the U.S. Open, defeating 31 other corps from the United States and Canada. Knights Dan Potter of Moline and Pete Montanez of Rock Falls were named outstanding drum majors.

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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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