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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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