Day in history for February 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Democrats of the 3rd Ward meet at the Union School house on the Public Square, to take into consideration the propriety of nominating a straight-out Democratic ticket for aldermen and supervisors in that ward.

1883 -- 125 years ago
James Johnson, fire chief in Rock Island for the last five years, was unanimously re-elected to suceed himself in that office at a meeting last night.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The new brick school building on the hill in Silvis was almost destroyed by fire this morning, a loss of between $9,000 and $10,000 resulting.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Miss Nellie Seiler has assumed the duties of superintendent at Bethany Home, Rock Island, succeeding Miss Clara Bowers, who resigned.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County civil defense directors will attend the first state-wide civil defense meeting of 1958 in Peoria. The local CD directors who will attend are E. Lee Siemon, Rock Island; Frank Hearn, Moline, and Donald Lemme, Rock Island County.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The River Bend Community Correctional Center, a 60-bed work-release center, in East Moline, is one of several state correctional facilities under consideration to be closed as part of Gov. Thompson's proposal to slash $800 million from the $8 billion general fund budget.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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