Day in history for August 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A few weeks ago, fishing was the sole amusement for the leisure moments. Now that the blackberries have begun to ripen, many persons have taken to the bluffs.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Proceeds of a public picnic at Sylvan Island tomorrow will be used for band concerts in Franklin Square.

1908 -- 100 years ago
H.L. Wheelan was nominated for the Democratic minority representative to the state legislature in the primary election.

1933 -- 75 years ago
County Treasurer E. Clifford Hall tomorrow will distribute $555,500 of tax payments to treasurers of cities, townships, the county and the state as a fifth partial settlement on the collection of taxes for the year.

1958 -- 50 years ago
About 250 persons attended the third annual picnic for Rock Isalnd city employees and their families at the Gra-El picnic grounds, three-and-a-half miles east of Quad-City Airport on U.S. Route 6. Nineteen races and contests were conducted under the direction of Kenneth W. Kramer, city recreation superintendent, and Miss Sally Welch, Youth Guidance Council social worker.

1983 -- 25 years ago
They call it Andldquo;CE-1Andrdquo; in Seattle. A close encounter of the first kind. The citing of an unidentified flying object within 500 feet. Officials of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle say they want to talk to residents of a rural Port Byron neighborhood who reported seeing and hearing something in the heavens about 9 p.m. Monday. The descriptions of it vary, but all agree it lit the sky.

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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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