Day in history for September 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that the population of New York City, just taken by census marshals, was 624,176, a gain of over 3,000 from the last official census.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Brooks left for Groveton, Coos County, New Hampshire, where Mr. Brooks was born. They planned to stay several weeks before returning to Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Ringling's Circus paraded through the streets of Rock Island in the morning and gave afternoon and evening performances.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The St. Louis Cardinals extended their winning streak to nine games, winning a marathon 20-inning contest from the Chicago Cubs, 8-7.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The transition from the use of glass bottles to pure pack paper containers for milk products will be begun tomorrow by The Quad-City Fairmont Foods Co., the successor to Peerless Dairy Co., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Miss Peggy and her Romper Room Do-bees are returning to a late-morning time slot on WQAD-TV at the urging of area parents. The popular live educational program for preschoolers will move from its present 6:30 a.m. air time to 11 a.m. Sept. 8. Peggy Wittke hosts the 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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