Day in history for September 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Dr. Robert J. Wilcox of Sheffield for some very fine grapes. They are the celebrated Isabella variety.1883 -- 125 years ago: The street and sewer payroll amounted to $1,330.72 for the first two weeks in September.1908 -- 100 years ago: Dr. Oscar Montelius, a world renowned archaeologist of Stockholm, Sweden, will lecture in Rock Island on Nov. 2.1933 -- 75 years ago: Pastors of the three Methodist Churches in Rock Island have been reappointed to their present charges by Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf of Chicago.1958 -- 50 years ago: A new $4.3 million acute diagnostic and medical-surgical building is in the offering for East Moline State Hospital if Illinois voters approve the $248 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election. The money will be part of $81 million set aside from the bond issue for institutions in the department of Public Welfare.1983 -- 25 years ago: Bob Parker of Davenport claimed $200 and a trophy for his first-place finish in the sixth annual regional duck-calling contest Sunday night sponsored by Mississippi Flyaway Wildlife Inc., an area conservation group. Parker will compete in the world championship contest to be held in Stuttgart, Ark., in November.

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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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