Day in history for August 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The members of the Rock Island Horn Band are asked to meet at the courthouse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A tent containing a female Sampson is attracting a large number of rural visitors to the city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A large number of good entries have been received by the Twin-City Trotting Assn. for the racing which opens tomorrow at the 9th St. track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Miss Esther Sundberg of Madrid, Iowa, has accepted the call to become dean of women at Augustana College. She had more than 14 years of teaching experience in grade and high schools in Iowa and Michigan.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 25,000 people consumed 5,000 pounds of fish at the seventh annual New Boston fish fry. The hungry thousands devoured 400 loaves of bread and gallons of coffee made in a big water tank. A new attraction this year was a midway. Performers of Royal American Shows presented acts both days.

1982 -- 25 years ago
They tried to sell a little bit of history, but no one was willing to pay the price. The 52-year-old Paradise Theater, Moline, was put on the auction block by owner Abe Brotman, but the high bid of $12,500, offered by Steve Simmon of Rock Island, was too low. Simmon said he wants to open a children's theater.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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