Today in history for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013


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Today is Friday, Feb. 8th, the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: If anybody can find comfort in the telegraphic news today, they will do better than we can — it is all bad, very bad. Success seems to be all with the enemy.
1888 — 125 years ago: Rock Island has adopted new qualifications for its policemen, who must not be less than 5 feet, 7 inches tall, at least 155 pounds in weight and between the ages of 21 and 45.
1913 — 100 years ago: Smallpox is spreading at an alarming rate in East Moline, and the disease is reaching near epidemic proportions.
1938 — 75 years ago: The crest of Rock River's new flood reached Erie today. Conservative estimates of the damage done by the two successive floods this year in the valley are placed at half a million dollars.
1963 — 50 years ago: Moline's proposal to dump garbage in Rural Township was blocked last night by the Rock Island County Zoning Board of Appeals, and it is reported the city of Moline may contest the ruling in Circuit Court.
1988 — 25 years ago: More than 7,000 people braved the cold last weekend to participate in the annual Bald Eagle Days at the Modern Woodman of America offices in RockIsland. Unfortunately the river did not ice over, and there were only a few eagles hovering near Lock & Dam 15 and Arsenal Island.










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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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