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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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