Day in history for February 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The ice dealers expect a rise in the price of their product due to the present mild weather. Wait awhile: the winter is not yet over.

1883 -- 125 years ago
One load of hay from Davenport and a load of wood constituted the entire marketable produce on Market Square this morning.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Modern Woodman of America are considering plans for building a large auditorium in Rock Island, it was announced today.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A field of eight candidates for the Republican mayoral nomination, a Democratic race for mayor with two contestants and various contests in the aldermanic field will feature Rock Island's primary election March 14.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Moline Community College opened classes for its second semester with 528

1983 -- 25 years ago
Federal and postal employees' union will rally to protest President Reagan's proposal to have them covered by Social Security rather than by their own pension system. Federal workers see the Reagan proposal as as 'short-sighted' attempt to bail Social Security out.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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