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job training program may be just what the doctor ordered for people in the Illinois Quad-Cities who are crippled by outdated job skills or paralyzed by no skills at all.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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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