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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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