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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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