Day in history for February 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We were promised a telegraphic report the other day, but none came. We certainly are penned in on all sides. There is no news of any kind from any source.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 17 prisoners confined in the county jail now are held at the Armory while the jail roof is undergoing repairs.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Five candidates, R.W. Olmsted, F.H. Kelly, J. F. Murphy, M.E. Sweeney, all of Rock Island, and W.J. Entrikin, Moline, have entered the contest for the office of county judge.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Blair Johnson of Rock Island has been appointed an ensign in the engineer section of the Rock Island Navel Reserves.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The marriage license business fell to zero this Valentine's Day morning at the Rock Island County courthouse, after a spurt of applications yesterday. Ten licenses were issued yesterday, compared to an average Wednesday's quota of two or three.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Linda Harrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Harrington, 3500 27th Ave. Court, Moline, was crowned Miss Blackhawk Valley of 1982 Saturday at Augustana College, Rock Island. She was one of 13 contestants in the pageant. Harrington is a sophomore at Bradley University in Peoria, majoring in elementary education.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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