Day in history for August 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The concert this evening for the benefit of Trinity Church will take place at Island City Hall.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is rumored that the street car company is to build tracks over the government bridge.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The fourth quarterly conference of the Spencer Memorial Methodist Church was held yesterday. The Rev. F.E. Shult, pastor, was asked to return.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A climb to the summit of Mt. Ranier, where snow is deep and the winds blow strong at 14,408 feet above sea level, has been made by Joseph DeVacht and Merrill OAndrsquo;Melia, both of Rock Island. They were members of a party of 19 youths.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Person-to-person solicitation in the Dr. Mabel Otis Memorial campaign was begun today with an organization breakfast at the LeClaire Hotel. The drive is to raise $16,000 to build a conservatory annexed to the Moline Garden Center at Riverside Park, in memory of the late Dr. Otis, prominent Moline physician and civic worker.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline Public Hospital and Lutheran Hospitals are planning a wedding, but they can still back out before going to the church. The hospitals today announced hiring a consultant firm to develop a consolidation plan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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