Day in history for February 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The cold, sharp winter weather is refreshing. The mercury Wednesday went as low as 16 below zero.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is reported that a little boy fell over the embankment onto the ice near the slough bridge this morning, cutting his head badly.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The man with a considerable quantity of hay for sale needs no introduction to any far off gold mine. Anything that looks like hay sells like hotcakes.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School debate squad clashed with Muscatine in a non-decision debate yesterday afternoon. Rock Island was represented by Peggy Huthmaker, Peter Denger, Robert Strupp, Jerome Zeffren, Margaret Strang, Arno Denecke and Hugo Sipple.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Moline's Wharton Field House will be one of 14 sites at which high school district wrestling tournaments will be held this weekend for the first time in Illinois.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A new federally funded job training program may be just what the doctor ordered for people in the Illinois Quad-Cities who are crippled by outdated job skills or paralyzed by no skills at all. Local government officials and business and industry representatives are currently in the process of organizing the program. It is scheduled to be operational by Oct. 1.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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