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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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