Day in history for August 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Dr. J.R. Hayes has opened an office in Leas And Sons new block on Madison Street, opposite Union Square. His card can be found in our paper today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new plank sidewalk is being laid on the east side of the First Baptist Church and a new drain pipe put in from the end of the church adjoining the residence of the pastor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The mile track races begin tomorrow. The Rock Island will run trains to the track every 15 minutes. Four $1,000 stake races are to be pulled off during the week, one each day, with 16 to 24 entries in each race.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Burglars ransacked the electrical store operated by the firm of Leithner And Weishar, 1616 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A building permit to construct a swimming pool at the Tallcorn Motel, Davenport, was issued to Frank Smith today. It will be the first motel pool in the area.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Whiteside County farm family has been named a sweepstakes winner in the state 1980 Conservation Family of the Year Awards. The Doug Vandermyde family of rural Morrison was honored at the annual meeting of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Springfield.

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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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