Day in history for June 28, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Francis Meagher, distinguished Irish patriot and exile, arrived in this city yesterday and stopped at the Rock Island House. He will deliver one lecture in Rock Island tomorrow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The reports from the agriculture regions are to the effect that the crops are in good condition notwithstanding the heavy and incessant rains.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines began this month to publish a magazine for the benefit of its 37,000 employees.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist, will appear as guest artist for the Tri-City Civic Music Assn. as one of the four concerts to be presented next season.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Coal Valley man, Wallace S. Smith is one of 14 officers cited for outstanding police work in 1956 by Illinois State Highway Police Benevolent Group Board. Patrolman Wallace S. Smith, an officer of State Police District 7, been given a third place award of $50 for courage exhibited during motorcycle races at the 1956 Illinois State Fair.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A fire early Sunday caused about $15,000 damage at the Boat Limited tavern on Illinois 92 west of Andalusia. Andalusia Fire Chief Richard Kaiser said the damage was confined to the kitchen and a storage room that housed cooling equipment.

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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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