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: 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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