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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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