Day in history for February 22, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A company of well-known performers are holding forth at Island City Hall. The entertainment consists of some very laughable farces.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The work of repairing the outside of Central Presbyterian Church will begin soon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A meeting of launch- and pleasure-craft owners will be held Feb. 27 for the purpose of forming a club. The meeting will be at the public library.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Autos of 31 spectators at the United Township-Rock Island basketball game in East Moline last night were taged by police on improper parking charges. Majority of the cars were parked in such a position that it would be impossible for a fire engine to travel through the area.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A year of testing and study has yielded a three volume, 5-inch thick report which tells Milan officials where and how stormwater is infiltrating their sewer system. Repairing those leaks may cost about $225,000 although no definite repair estimate is yet ready. Leaking manhole covers are the major culprit.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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