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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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