Day in history for February 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
An attempt was made to enter the St. Charles Saloon, for the purpose of committing a robbery. An entrance to a back room was affected, but the thieves were unable to make further progress.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The work of repairing the outside of the Central Presbyterian Church, to begin soon, was let to John Volk and Company.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rev. W.H. Blancke of Davenport addressed more than 150 persons at the Rock Island Y.M.C.A. yesterday afternoon on the subject of prohibition.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Dr. F.O. Hanson has been financial and alumni secretary at Augustana College since May 30, 1928. He announced he has accepted the call to become superintendent of the Swedish Hospital at Minneapolis, Minn.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island merchants today were warned to be on guard against the cashing of a certain series of currency exchange checks drawn on the Northside Currency Exchange, Chicago. Cheif of Detectives Earl Maynard said two of the checks were forged and cashed in Rock Island on Feb. 12.

1983 -- 25 years ago
It is only appropriate that a school named Washington should put on a play about George Washington on his birthday. The eighth-graders at Washington School did today. They presented a patriotic musical called 'Let George Do It'.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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