Day in history for August 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We have seen some very fine catfish, forty or fifty pounds, caught in the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The reunion of the 112th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, at Cambridge yesterday was largely attended. The address of welcome was by Col. A.R. Mock.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Maureen and Regenia Blake have returned from Minnesota where they spent five weeks.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Residents of the lower end of Rock Island County and a delegation representing the Retail Bureau of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce joined in a happy get together event last evening at the Pine Bluff Methodist Church, west of Illinois City on Highway 84.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A recent Department of the Army directive sent to all Army commands in the Quad-City area directs that as a part of the long-range change in military uniform, the switch from the traditional russet or brown low-quarter shoes with socks to match will be abolished, starting Sept 1, in favor of black shoes and socks.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Purchase of a group of three weekly newspapers in the West Los Angeles area was announced today by Jean Alice Small, president of the Small Newspaper Group. The publications, the Pacific Palisades Post, Brentwood Post and North Shore Mail, have a combined circulation of 27,000.

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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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