Day in history for August 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The members of the Young Men's Catholic Association are requested to meet at St. James Catholic Church Sunday.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The locations of the nine towers that will carry the new electric lights have been decided upon. Each section of the city will be awarded one of the towers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Driving Association of Rock Island was incorporated today and will hold its first race Aug. 27 to 30 at the 9th Street track. Running races will be held later in the season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Efforts to reduce mothers' pensions in Rock Island County by about $3,000 were the subject of a conference today among members of the county board committee on public welfare and Judge George D. Long. Mothers' pensions in the county total about $35,000 a year.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At a special meeting of the board to the auxiliary of St. Anthony's Hospital last night, Margaret MacDonald was appointed president.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One East Moline trucker has littered his home with rows of glittering trophies. Testimony to his driving skills, Eldon Bostic skillfully wheeled 8-foot-wide vehicles from 30 feet to 60 feet around barricades.

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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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