Day in history for February 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Prof. Wilbur has given two lectures to highly delighted audiences. Tonight's lecture will be 'Coal Formation of Illinois and the Great West.'

1883 -- 125 years ago
A trotting match is being arranged between two famous trotters owned by two of Rock Island's best known businessmen. The horses are the fastest in town.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Receipts of the Family Theater totaled $40. The money was turned over to the Visiting Nurse Association.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Quality Milk Association, with a reported membership of 800 milk producers in the area, today announced that it will market milk through its agencies at a retail price of three cents a quart beginning today, thereby declaring war on Quad-Cities milk dealers who have not recognized the organization.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Quad City Airport will receive $175,000 in state and federal funds in 1959. George Kirk, Quad City Airport manager, said the money will be used for apron expansion, public driveway relocation and parking space expansion.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Almost 55 years ago, Minerva Jacobson of Galva started baking rusks for her family for Christmas. Today, Jacobson's Home Bakery sells rusks to grocery stores across the nation, Sweden, Switzerland, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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