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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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