Day in history for August 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A poor woman has lost her small black portemonaie (purse). It was lost coming from the island to the city by way of the bridge. It contained $10.95 and a medal.

1882 -- 125 years ago
About 4,000 people gathered in Union Square to hear Biehl's band present the first open air concert of the season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Dan Patch was the star attraction at the Davenport race meeting yesterday. The famous horse ran the mile in 1:58.5. The track record was lowered by two seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
With one of the battlefronts in the war of Illinois miners against a reduced wage scale moving closer to the Quad-City area, Sheriff Fred R. Schlueter acted promptly to curb any disorders in case the miners decide to march on Rock Island County mines. The nearest they have come to the Quad-City area has been three miles southeast of Coal Valley.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Not many years ago farmers were satisfied to plant their corn two rows at a time. Then came the four row planters and cultivators to match. The big news in modern farming today is the John Deere 694. It is a six row planter and a cultivator which plows the same width swath.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Carbon Cliff residents are now eligible for increased flood insurance benefits on their homes and property.

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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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