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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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