Day in history for February 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A situation is wanted for a young man in a grocery or liquor store. He is capable of taking care of a set of books, either in English, German or French. He comes highly recommended with references from Michigan. He can be found at Mr. Smith's saloon on the levee.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Thirty-seven marriage licenses have been issued at the county clerk's office so far this month. Cupid is doing a great business.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A conference of Rock Island members of the county Republican committee was held last night. A thorough discussion of primary law took place. Dr. Joseph DeSilva was chairman.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Hugo Birkhahn, captain of this year's Rock Island basketball squad, was chosen vice president of the high school senate at its meeting yesterday afternoon.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Earth people will stride on the moon in 10 years or less, Albert Clark, manager of advanced nuclear weapons for GE Co., said as he addressed a meeting of local chapters of American Institute of Electrical Engineering and American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the Moline Legion.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kimmel of Moline have been selected as area chairpersons to assist with planning the 1983 Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

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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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