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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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