Day in history for August 2, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Two horses attached to a wagon belonging to Peter Carr of Edgington started from the Island City Hotel at a furious pace. While Mr. Carr was trying to stop them, he was thrown from the wagon and badly hurt. No particular damage was done to the wagon.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Shad flies filled the air last night along the river bank. Railroad cars were covered with the dead bugs.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The committee for raising funds for illuminating Rock Island streets hopes to complete its work at an early date.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island scored four runs in the eighth inning last night to win a see-saw, 8-7 encounter with Springfield. The victory left the Islanders firmly entrenched in second place, two games behind the league-leading Davenport club. Redmond led the Rock Island attack with four hits.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The merger of Deere Andamp; Co. and its three wholly-owned U.S. manufacturing subsidiaries, which was approved by stockholders Tuesday, was made effective Friday. As part of the merger, the state of incorporation was changed from Illinois to Delaware.

1983 -- 25 years ago
William A. Getz has resigned as president of the Moline Public Hospital board of directors, ending a 21-year tenure in that post. Getz, a 30-year veteran of the board, will continue to serve as a director but will be succeeded as president by Wallace Kooyman, named to the board last fall.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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