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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