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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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