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: 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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