Day in history for February 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A number of Davenport sportsmen are desirous of testing the skill of their Rock Island friends in the use of firearms. They say they will shoot at any distance, from 30 yards to 400. The wager would be $50.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Pneumonia has reaped a large harvest in Rock Island since last fall and the end evidently has not yet arrived.

1908 -- 100 years ago
This morning we found placards on trees and other vantage points about Rock Island bearing the heading, ' What have the saloons done for you?' Evidently an active campaign has been started by the prohibitionists.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Fort Armstrong Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will sponsor an essay contest for the seventh and eight grade pupils in all the one-room schools in Rock Island County. Essays will be entitled 'The History of Our School.' Mrs. Grace R. Sweeney will be in charge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Unemployment compensation payments to men and women in Rock Island County increased in January to $192,019, compared with $129,715 in December.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline annexed more than land over the last two years, it annexed people. 181 of them. And those new Moline residents add up to additional motor fuel tax dollars. Each new resident is worth an additional $12 in MFT.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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