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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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