Day in history for July 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Our office was honored by a serenade by the Rock Island Sax Horn Band.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The new street car on the Milan road proved to be of a too narrow gauge and will have to be replaced.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island merchants are jubilant today as the circus yesterday brought thousands of visitors to the city.

1933 -- 75 years ago
E.J. VanHoutte of East Moline and Joe Burke of Rock Island were tied for top place in the Sears, Roebuck Andamp; Co., handicap golf tournament at the Saukie public links of Rock Island, each turning in a score of net 69. They will engage in a match play next Sunday to determine the champion.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Whisked in a moment from a cold, rainy night in Illinois to a bright, sunny morning on an Oklahoma farm -- that was the experience of nearly a thousand music lovers who braved the chilly drizzle to fill the Prospect Park auditorium to capacity for the opening of the Quad-City Music Guild's production of Andquot;Oklahoma!Andquot; last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The so-called Andquot;dog days of summerAndquot; could more correctly be called the Andquot;hog daysAndquot; of summer. High temperatures and humidity combine to put livestock under unusual stress. Geneseo Rendering Service Co. has already picked up twice as many dead animals now than all of last year.

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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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