Day in history for May 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A load of hay has been sold in this city for $40 a ton. This price is enough to frighten any man from keeping a team of horses.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The electric machine is seen on the street corner together with other indications of the arrival of spring.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mayor Henry G. Schaffer was installed at the meeting of the City Council last night. He took over the gavel from former Mayor George W. McCaskrin.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. W.H. Marshall was reelected commissioner of the Rock Island Girl Scouts at the annual meeting of the council in the home of Mrs. Elizabeth H. Barton.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 8,000 gallons of paint will be applied to the 11 large roller gates of Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, during the next two years. The major undertaking is being started this week. The 110-foot rollers will be hoisted out of the water, one by one, and will be painted inside and out.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Humane Society shelter in Milan recently underwent about $14,000 of remodeling. Judy Kitchen, assistant manager, said more than $5,000 has been invested on 34 stainless steel cat and puppy cages. Kitchen and other humane society members are proud of the improvements - especially this week during ''Be Kind to Animals Week.''

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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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