Day in history for February 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Whistler, at his grocery store, already has on hand a fresh supply of seeds for the spring. The assortment is still good.

1883 -- 125 years ago
J.S. Gilmore took dust from no one yesterday as he drove the fastest team in Rock Island.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Several persons were seriously injured last night when a bobsled collided with an automobile on 45th St. near 7th Ave.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Action was taken by the Rock Island County Bar Association at a special meeting this morning looking toward a sharp reduction in the schedule of attorney fees in foreclosures and proceedings on judgment notes.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A total of 72 births including 40 girls and 32 boys were reported during the month of January in Rock Island. Included in the total were two sets of twins, all girls, born to Mr and Mrs. Robert J. O'Connell and Mr and Mrs. Charles L. Muscovalley.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline school officials say they will lease as many of the eight buildings to be closed this year as possible,and will maintain vacant structures rather than board them up or sell them. Moline school officials are finding they must consider all sorts of things when they close seven elementary schools and a junior high this summer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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