Day in history for May 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The anniversary meeting of the Rock Island Bible Society will be held May 16 at the Methodist Church. Addresses will be given by several persons.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Six men obtained naturalization papers from County Clerk Donaldson yesterday afternoon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weatherman has promised a change from the usual routine of rain in the near future.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and Davenport baseball clubs of the Mississippi Valley League will open the season tonight at Douglas Park. Rock Island manager Riley Parker intends to start Al 'Boots' Hollingsworth, hero of the 'Little World Series,' as a congratulatory gesture to the big southpaw who accounted for two of the Islanders' four victories in the series.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Edgar W. Peterson, 3728 13th Ave., Moline, planning engineer for lnternational Harvester's Farmall Works since 1944, retired Friday. He had been an employee of the Harvester Company's plant in Rock Island since 1934.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Summer Festival Entertainment Committee is seeking volunteer performers for the 6th Annual Festival, July 7, 8 and 9. The committee is seeking jugglers, magicians, clowns, baton twirlers as well as those who make ballon animals or who demostrate handicrafts.

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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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