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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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