Mark Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman Honda, talks with RoseAnn and Jim Hass on Thursday evening after conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new Honda location at John Deere Road and 70th Street, Moline. Zimmerman, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, moved to the new $10 million building in August. The 43,000-square-foot building has environmentally friendly heating provided by waste oil, heated sidewalks, waiting lounges with a computer center that has wifi access, 27 service bays, three-lane ‘Express Lube’ oil change stations, expanded hours in all departments and expanded shuttle services. A public grand opening is being held today and Saturday with football games on big-screen TVs, a cookout, face painting, a photo booth, prizes and pumpkins for kids. There will be a football throwing contest, with the winner getting a 24-month lease on a new Honda Civic.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
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.