Day in history for February 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mary Howitt, the poetess, has been writing a ''History of the United States.''

1882 -- 125 years ago
Adolphi Dunlap was elected president of the Old Settlers Assn. at a meeting held yesterday at Justice Cropper's office.

1907 -- 100 years ago
An increase amounting to about $10 a month will be given firemen and policemen of Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Two Rock Islanders are among the five champions who will defend their titles in the third annual Golden Gloves boxing tournament, opening tomorrow night in Davenport. The two are Johnny Baltzer, flyweight, and Quinn McCann, bantamweight.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Vernon W. Spencer has been named chairman for the 1957 Geneseo Red Cross fund-raising campaign, according to James R. Hutchinson, chairman of the Geneseo Branch of the Henry County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Preliminary planning for the drive, which will take place next month, is under way.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Coal Valley State Bank will get a name change to Valley Bank to go along with major building improvements which will be completed this spring. The name change was approved Monday at the bank's annual stockholders meeting. The move into Green Valley Plaza in Moline sparked discussions of a name change.

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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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