Day in history for February 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The proceeds of the recent fireman's ball were not enough to cover the expenses. This ought not to be so.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The members of the fire department last night elected James Johnson chief and Jacob Ohlweiler, assistant cheif.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Work in the erection of the new Zion Lutheran Church building was begun today. It is expected that the building will be ready for occupancy by July 1.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G. A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, left today for Mitchell, S.D. where he will be one of the principle speakers at the annual meeting of the South Dakota District of the Augustana Synod.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Federal Communications Commission today approved the transfer of channel 8 from Peoria to the Quad-Cities, giving this area its third very high frequency TV channel.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City unemployment rate soared to a record 14.2 percent in January. The high unemployment rate was caused by shut downs at five local factories -- John Deere Davenport Works, International Harvester Farmall and East Moline plants and J.I. Case Bettendorf and Rock Island plants -- that affected about 6,500 workers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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