Day in history for February 8, 2008

1883 -- 125 years ago
Shortly after 3 yesterday afternoon, a sleigh and team of horses belonging to George F. Reed of Davenport crashed through the ice bridge over the Mississippi. No lives were lost, but the horses drowned.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Elmer Stroehle assumed the letter carrier route of P.J. Cary, who retired after 17 years of service.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The principal speaker at the class adoption to be held Feb. 19 by the Rock Island Aerie of Eagles will be Judge A.B. Duncan of St. Joseph, Mo., past grand president of the lodge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
It won't get worse, but won't get any better. The mercury tonight again will tumble to a below zero reading to compare with last night's low of -1 in the city and -4 at the Quad City Airport.

1983 -- 25 years ago
This weekend East Moline will follow through with its promise to get tough with people who won't pay their parking tickets. About 30 arrest warrants were issued for drivers who owe for parking tickets but have not paid. We have several hundred people who have not paid despite warnings.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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