Day in history for August 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
In the lower portion of the city, there are quite a number of new buildings being erected.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The old machinery at the city waterworks building was set in motion yesterday afternoon, but ran only two hours. Three defective pipes developed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Order of Owls was established today in Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The office of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce in the Fort Armstrong Hotel was a beehive of activity today as retailers rushed to file their first returns and remittances under the Illinois 2 percent sales tax law. Reports and payments must be sent to the state department of finance not later than tomorrow.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Parades, a carnival, top professional entertainment, street dances, a horseshow, ball game and valuable prize awards Andndash; all this and more are included on the first Milan Indian Summer Festival program, which was completed at a committee meeting in the Milan American Legion building last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The big news in agriculture this summer has been the record-breaking hot, dry weather which has left crops in much of the Corn Belt wilting and withered in the summer sun. It appears there is no immediate end in sight.

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