Day in history for September 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A total of 64 persons died of yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. A committee of city officials was enroute to Washington to ask the president to have the rest of the city's inhabitants evacuated to Ft. Monroe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Union services in the courthouse square on the part of the Protestant churches of Rock Island were inaugurated at 4 in the afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McCaskrin recognized one of his opponents in the mayoral race last night by naming James W. Cavanaugh superintendent of waterworks.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Automobile races provided thrills for more than 4,000 persons at the Mercer County Fair at Aledo. Bryan Saulpaugh, Rock Island driver, hung up a new record for the half-mile dirt track when he traveled the distance in 28 seconds.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Work is expected to start this fall on a pari mutuel horse race track at Milan, hinging on final choosing of a site and obtaining construction and state racing permits.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline police officers staged an informational picket in front of city hall this morning saying they are fed up with the slow pace of contract talks between their union and the city.

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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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