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: 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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