Day in history for February 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We understand that a number of young ladies and gentlemen are making preparations to give an entertainment at the Island City Hall for the benefit of the poor.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A blizzard kept the attendance at the Rock Island public schools down to a low number today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The new industrial store of the Salvation Army at 14th Street and 2nd Avenue was opened this morning.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Announcement was made today of a plan for reopening the State Bank of Rock Island under waiver agreements which are to be sought from depositors by a citizens and depositors committee. In substance, the plan calls for unconditional waiver of 25 percent of all money deposited.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a boat-launching site at the foot of East Moline's 7th Street received additional support at a meeting of the Izaak Walton League. Preliminary work in gaining land rights and clearing the site started several months ago.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Martin Clinical Laboratory, Moline, is merging with a Springfield-based firm and will be moved and expanded. Dr. Lowell Martin, who has operated the lab for 31 years, will stay on as consulting director. Bio-Diagnostic Medical Laboratories is one of the first tenants of Stephens Park Center, a new medical building.

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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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