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.

Back: Available days in February 2008



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






(More History)