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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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