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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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