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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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