Day in history for February 4, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Last Tuesday was Ground Hog Day. The ground hog came out of his hole and the sun was visible. Six more weeks of winter ahead.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Over 150 members of the United Workmen's Assn. have arrived in Rock Island for the state convention beginning Monday.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The petition to place the liquor question on the ballot in the spring election was filed with the clerk this afternoon. The petition was signed by about 1,450 voters.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Trailing through most of the first half, Coach Ray Hanson's Western Illinois Leathernecks from Macomb lived up to their names last night on the Augustana court by staging a comeback and downed Augie, 30-25. Jimmy Grigsby and Gilbert Love accounted for 10 points each for the vistors. Butch Miller, speedy Viking guard, scored nine points in a losing cause.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co. has begun production of the largest self-propelled combine ever produced. It will be available for farmers this spring. The combine is produced at the Harvester Works, East Moline.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Beth Egan O'Keefe, of Southpark Psychology Center, has been nominated for a position on the board of trustees of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology. The Association is based in Washington, D.C.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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