Day in history for February 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Democrats of the 3rd Ward meet Saturday at the Union School on Public Square to nominate a straight party ticket for aldermen and supervisors.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Ice on the Mississippi River was almost entirely covered by water last evening. The ferry bell is likely to be a most welcome sound in the near future.

1908 -- 100 years ago
This evening will see the first open movement in Republican national politics in Rock Island when a meeting will be held in Turner Hall to form a Taft Club.

1933 -- 75 years ago
More than 700 persons attended the third in a series of organization and 'buy-at-home' campaign meetings sponsored by the Tri-City Federation of Labor last night.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Persons who use Black Hawk State Park in Rock Island this summer will have to pay for the privilege. A fee of 10 cents for each car and for each occupant over 12 years of age in the car will be charged. Or a $2 sticker may be purchased for year-round use of Black Hawk or other state parks in Illinois.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A pool of stagnating water and floating debris that mars the entrance to the city of Rock Island's baseball diamond complex along Andalusia Road should be covered up and landscaped by the end of the summer.

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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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