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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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