Day in history for May 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The picnic to Coal Valley Saturday was postponed because of rain. Many of the little ones were sorely disappointed.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harmony prevailed at the Rock Island Council meeting last night and a large number of bills were passed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The side wheeler, War Eagle, one of the fastest boats on the Mississippi, arrived from downstream this afternoon.

1933 -- 75 years ago
'The decision of the Illinois Supreme Court in declaring the Illinois 3 per cent sale tax unconstitutional this afternoon was welcome news to Rock Island merchants. R. A. Jacobson, managing secretary of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, said when informed of the ruling.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Four stone walls were all that remained today of the Galesburg Public Library as a result of a fire that caused damage estimated at nearly one million dollars to the building and its contents last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Bill and Chuck Bealer of Colona recently became a father-son Dispatch Super Bowler combination by each bowling 700 series. Both compete in the Port Byron-Rapid City league. Bill Bealer achieved Super Bowler status with a 701 series that included games of 243, 245 and 213. Chuck became a Super Bowler with a 706 series that included games of 216, 268 and 222.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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