Day in history for August 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We notice that T.A. Burditt is remodeling his store and will open in a day or two with a large and choice stock of wines, liquors and cigars on hand.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Many Rock Island residents are playing lawn tennis and baseball, because of the excellent weather.

1908 -- 100 years ago
On the basis of early morning returns, the first Illinois primary election resulted in light balloting.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Lt. Col. Glen E. Edgerton, now in charge of the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers, will leave for Washington, D.C. within a few weeks to take charge of the river and harbors section in the War Department. Lt. Col. Edgerton has been in charge of the Rock Island District since the fall of 1930.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An American Telephone Co. cable two-and-a-half miles east of Geneseo on the canal road was riddled by eight rifle shots some time Wednesday, it was reported to Henry County authorities. Company officials said someone with a .22-caliber rifle probably was shooting at birds and damaged the 260-wire cable.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Board will hear comments from the public next Tuesday on the proposed merger of the countyAndrsquo;s health department and tuberculosis sanitarium. The county boardAndrsquo;s welfare committee decided Monday that the proposal should be presented to the full board.

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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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