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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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