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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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