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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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