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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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