Day in history for February 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A public meeting has been called for tonight by the mayor and city council for the purpose of nominating candidates for municipal offices. This is to be a non-partisan meeting.

1883 -- 125 years ago
M.H. Hatch, W.J. Case, A.D. Hill, Pennie A. Kane and Ellen Philip attended the teachers' institute in Port Byron yesterday.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Purdy of Chicago, commander of the Illinois Naval Militia, inspected the Rock Island division last evening and reported the unit to be in good condition.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A religious census recently was taken at Rock Island High School. The census was conducted under the auspices of the Rock Island Ministerial Alliance, with the Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, chairman.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at $10,000 was caused as a fire occurred in the south Quonset steel warehouse of the Servus Rubber Co. at 12th Avenue and 2nd Street, Rock Island. William Gottlieb, vice president of the firm, said that the figure on the loss was only an estimate since an inventory had not been completed.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Job injuries have fallen 22 percent in Rock Island since an insurance agent told the city that a workers compensation policy covering all employees would cost $270,000 a year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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