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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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