Day in history for August 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Great American Circus did not arrive in time to perform yesterday. They were stuck in the mud between here and Albany the greater part of the day.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Police Magistrate Cropper turned over $118.25 he had collected in fines during July to the city treasurer today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. G.H. VanKock of Stockholm, Sweden, a famous reformer, is a visitor at Augustana College this week.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A petition requesting a reduction of 20 percent in the assessed valuation of all property in Rock Island County was presented to the Board of Review today by the Moline TaxpayersAndrsquo; Association. The petition claims property in Rock Island County is assessed at a much higher valuation than the downstate average and surrounding counties.

1958 -- 50 years ago
With the first-class postage rate going up from 3 to 4 cents at midnight last night the volume of cancellations at the Rock Island Post Office jumped to 98,460 pieces, compared to a normal volume of 70,000, as residents and business firms sought to save a cent postage on each letter.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Plans for constructing a new $4.6 million parish building complex were announced Sunday by officials at St. MalachyAndrsquo;s Church. The complex is to be built on 18 acres south of Meadow Lawn Subdivision at the southwest edge of Geneseo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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