Day in history for February 8, 2004
- 1854 -- 150 years ago
- The Rock Island city council should appoint an official wood measurer. Some teamsters bring wood to town and represent the load as containing a fourth to a third more than it really does. Fuel having become high priced, officials should not delay in protecting the public by measuring wood and weighing coal sold in Market Square.
- 1879 -- 125 years ago
- At a temperance meeting held in Negus' Hall Sunday afternoon a committee of seven men was appointed to call unpon Mayor E.P. Reynolds to ask for stricter enforcement of an ordinance requiring saloons to be closed on Sundays.
- 1904 -- 100 years ago
- Fire which broke out at 11 a.m. yesterday in Baltimore has raged with unabated fury for 30 hours. (In all 2,500 buildings were destroyed before the fire burned itself out.)
- 1929 -- 75 years ago
- Wallace C. Grant has been named general chairman of a joint campaign for funds by the Welfare Association, Visiting Nurse Association and Bethany Home.
- 1954 -- 50 years ago
- Balloons carrying a message of freedom will be launched from the steps of the Rock Island city hall Friday at 10 a.m. To be held on Lincoln's birthday anniversary, the event will signal the opening of Freedom Week.
- 1979 -- 25 years ago
- The Rock Island City Housing Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to hang onto its 40-year-old Arsenal Courts housing project, rejecting a proposal from a Rock Island contractor to buy it.
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