Day in history for February 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Snow commenced falling yesterday and continued with little interruption all day. Its depth at the present time is just short of nine inches.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The first real thaw of the winter began today. Street commissioners should clear the gutters without delay so the streets will not be flooded with water and slush.

1908 -- 100 years ago
William Mueller of the Mueller Lumber Co. is in Chicago this week attending the retail lumber dealers convention.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Gov. Horner will appoint a Democrat to the circuit bench of the 14th Judicial District to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Charles J. Searle of Rock Island. It is believed there has never been a Democratic circuit judge in the district.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island led the Quad-City area in permits for residential building during January. Twelve permits were issued in Rock Island for one and two-family units.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The St. George Emblem was presented to Leon C. VanLauwe, of Moline and to Fred DeCoster of Moline during ceremonies at a mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. St. George award,is a national recognition approved by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Bishop of the diocese of Peoria.

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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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