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 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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