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: 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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