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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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