Day in history for July 6, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Last Monday was a proud day for Rock Island. Preparations had been made for the celebration of the fourth on a grand scale. These were carried out as satisfactorily as they usually are on similar occasions.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harper's Theatre was well filled last night when Theodore Thomas' orchestra presented a fine concert.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Mayor H.C. Schaffer of Rock Island has accepted an invitation to be speaker at the next annual convention of the League of American Municipalities at Omaha.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Charles Munson, Oscar Stiers and Aaron Holmquist while hunting for Indian arrowheads and other relics unearthed a skeleton of what is believed to be an Indian. The find was made in one of the sand dunes north of Atkinson.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The name chosen for the new main lodge at Loud Thunder Scout Reservation was revealed today. It will be called Freytag Lodge, in honor of the late Laurence Freytag, Reynolds, who served as district commissioner of Fort Armstrong Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

1983 -- 25 years ago
What makes a big, gentle man, whose grin lights up the room, stay a policeman for 27 years? People, both the good and the bad, says Art Greiner, 51, who retires in August from the Moline Police Department as a patrolman.

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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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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