Day in history for August 31, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The work of digging canals for sidewalks is coming along very well, but it would seem to us that the best way would be to handle the street first.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Stars of Rock Island played the Boys in Blue of Moline yesterday at Sylvan Island with the game ending in favor of the Stars 20-12.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The romantic drama, 'To Die at Dawn,' and the sensational comedy, 'An Aristocratic Tramp,' have been booked to play at the Illinois Theater next week.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Gust J. Smith, Rock Island, retired today after almost 43 years of service with the Rock Island Lines.

1957 -- 50 years ago
When 25-year-old Donald Schmidt, a victim of muscular dystrophy, received his new special wheelchair at Oak Glen Convalescent Home, he said, 'It's a Cadillac, and I used to have a Ford.' The new chair was presented to Donald to make his life more comfortable by the Rock Island County Chapter, Muscular Dystrophy Association of America, Inc.

1982 -- 25 years ago
It sent more soldiers to World War II and Korea than any other area of comparable size in the U.S. and eight of them didn't come back alive. That's why Hero Street in Silvis will be the focal point of a slide and sound presentation on the Hispanic community's contributions to U.S. war efforts.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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