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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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