Day in history for February 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Snow commenced falling Monday morning and continued with little interruption all day. Its depth as we write is not short of eight inches. We have snow enough now for fine sleighing.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A bursted water pipe flooded the Rock Island-Moline street car tracks last evening. Ice formed and a score of workmen were kept busy until this morning clearing the tracks for the cars.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Several persons were seriously injured last night when a bob sled collided with an automobile on forty-fith Street near seventh Avenue.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Quad City residents are experiencing 20-below temperatures this morning. This is the coldest readings in the last nine years. The Airport thermometer sank to 23 below zero.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A $50,000 improvement, including installation of new equipment and redorating work,is under way at the Model Cleaners And Dryers, 520 20th Street, Rock Island.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Unemployed East Moline residents may get a break on their water bill if the city council decides to approve a proposal fronted by the head of the finance committe. I would like to temporarily lower water rates for the unemployed with the understanding that they could pay back the difference when they are working said Kelly.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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