Day in history for July 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are going to have a live circus in Rock Island next Wednesday. It is Spalding and Rogers' celebrated company. They have the reputation of being the best organization now traveling.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Carpenters are at work putting up a new bandstand at Franklin Park.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. F.J. Rolf of Massena, Iowa, has accepted a call to the pastorage of the German Evangelical Church, Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Operation and maintenance of two Rock Island departments of public safety - the fire and police department - will cost $94,250 during the year - which began April 1 under appropriations fixed by the city council. The fire department will get $59,250 and the police, $35,000.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Babe DeMay, Rock Island, won the expert finals class in the motorcycle races run yesterday afternoon at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds before approximately 2,500 fans.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Paula Bonduelle was a representative from United Township High School at the 18th annual summer workshop for newspapers at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Bonduelle served as news editor for MASH Raps, a newspaper produced by the high school journalist during the camp. She won the best editorial award.

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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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