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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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