Day in history for February 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Many complaints have been made to us about the inefficiency of our night police. If they do not discharge their duties faithfully, the proper authorities should look after them.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rock River Bridge near Moline is in danger of being washed away as water is within 8 feet of the flooring.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Colonel William T. Channon of the Sixth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard departed on a trip of inspection this afternoon. He will inspect all companies of the regiment.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Maurice Meyer, 25, last night broke down and told the story of the death of Miss Rose Gendler, 22, whose body was found Dec. 22. The body was found bound and trussed in a burlap sack on the ice of the Rock River beneath the highest point of the Moline Bridge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
It was one down and two to go in the broken main department of the East Moline waterworks today. Severe weather blamed for the destruction of pipes was also responsible for delays in repairs.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Council approved $456,000 worth of improvements at 44th Street and Black Hawk Road to help pave the way for a new shopping center and apartment complex. The 44,000-square foot shopping center will house about a dozen stores.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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