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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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