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job training program may be just what the doctor ordered for people in the Illinois Quad-Cities who are crippled by outdated job skills or paralyzed by no skills at all.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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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