Day in history for August 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Gov. Barstow, Wisconsin, received the nomination for reelection, having 108 votes out of a possible 126 on informal ballots.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A fishway was being constructed at the Little Dam, in accordance with a law ruling that fishways must be constructed near each dam.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The conference of the Christian Volunteers closed in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Taking the pylons at 120.77 miles an hour in a Monocoupe, Vern Roberts of Moline won the 25-mile men's cabin ship race in the National Air Races at Chicago. Bart Stevenson, also of Moline, finished third.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, was closed today for cleanup operations after Rock Island firemen were called to the plant five times yesterday. The trouble centered in a 4-story brick sawdust storage building at the north end of the plant.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Kathy Campbell, 21, of Rock Island, and about 60 other riders left the Rock Island YMCA last Saturday for a four-night, five-day ride to the Indiana state line. Sponsored by the Joliet YMCA and Bicycle Club, the trip drew riders ranging in age from 15 to 56 years.

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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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