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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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