Day in history for February 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The notice of Messrs. Negus And Lee, in our advertising columns, is inserted and paid for as an advertisement, and we are in no way responsible for what it promises.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Johnson was offering for sale the barbering outfit lately occupied by E. Smith at 4th Ave. and 18th St., Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was reported that the workingman's party favored the election of any of the following for mayor: Ben Harper, B.D. Buford, S.D. Stoddar, Ald. Woods, Ald. Lundy or ``anyone else who has a possible chance of election.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Atty. William B. Schroeder was nominated for office of exalted ruler of Rock Island Lodge, No. 980, Elks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It was a toss-up whether school authorities or the parents of a 12-year-old Rock Island boy were startled the most upon learning the boy has played hooky from school for the past six months. The boy went to school four days last September and told officials there he was transferring to another school. He was taken off the roll at that school. He never entered the other.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The 3M Company's Industrial Pollution Control Program at its two manufacturing plants in Cordova has been nominated for an ``Achievement Award'' by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The 3M program is one of five to be nominated for the annual award.

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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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