Day in history for February 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We met a friend the other day whose hair was standing up like bristles, dry and frosty. We recommended that he use Wood's Hair Restorative. He now has a fine, glossy crop, equal to the very best.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Alice and Louis Harrison, with their popular coterie, will present their famous comedy, 'Photos,' tomorrow night at Harper's Theater.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Freeport High School won the decision in the dual debate with Rock Island High School last night at Freeport.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that Sir Malcolm Campbell, famous British race car driver, yesterday cracked the world's automobile speed record by averaging 272.108 in two runs over a measured mile course.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co, building plans for 1958, including expenditure of an estimated $3 million for new manufacturing, storage and power facilities on 3rd Avenue between John Deere Wagon Works No. 1 and Planter Works.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The 1955 LeFrance fire truck joined the Rock Island Fire Department about the same time Richard Miers did. But 28 years have gone by and fire engines improved. The old engine was one of five city trucks and graders sold at city hall. The truck went for $3,500 to the First National Bank of the Quad cities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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