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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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