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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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