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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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