Day in history for February 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Businessmen look forward to a healthy and prosperous spring business if the season opens early and the bad paper money disappears from the scene.

1883 -- 125 years ago
E.H. Anawalt and Fred Denkmann Jr. will represent Rock Island lumbermen at a conference in Chicago tomorrow.

1908 -- 100 years ago
'The Land of Dollars,' with Ezra Kendall will be at the Illinois Theater this afternoon.' 'The Red Mill,' one of Victor Herbert's compositions, will be presented tomorrow.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Activity in the Quad-Cities was frozen stiff today as residents huddled about their banked fires seeking relief from the 12-below-zero temperatures, the coldest weather for this date since 1930.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Edward Leasman, Davenport, found himself with a car today identical to his but owned by a Rock Island man. His keys worked in both the door and the ignition so he drove the wrong car home last night. Police reported that Clifford Hennings, Rock Island, reported his car stolen.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. is operating at only 10 percent of its capacity following a series of plant shutdowns. The only thing that will allow the plant to bolster its production is contract concessions from the plant's United Steel Workers of America union.

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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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