Day in history for March 2, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The dry house of Mr. Osborne in Moline, containing a large quantity of wagon material, caught fire and was speedily consumed. The loss is about $300, a small loss in itself, but a serious one to Mr. Osborne, This is not the first time he has suffered a fire.

1883 -- 125 years ago
At the meeting of the Liquor Dealers Association yesterday afternoon, the secretary was instructed to appoint a committee which will watch the interest of the organization in the forthcoming city election.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island was purged of a gambling den after a spectacular raid yesterday afternoon made by Sheriff Kittilsen and several deputies.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Police today were investigating the theft of a number of bottles of milk in the neighborhood of 42nd street and 4th avenue, Rock Island. For several mornings, the bottles have been removed from porches after being left there by dairymen.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An entire wall of the East Moline water pumping station constructed in late 1955 was pushed out by the force of five feet of water that accumulated in the building as the result of a 12-inch main break.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Local recyclers cashed in 13.6 million aluminum cans during 1982 at the recycling center operated by Skills Inc.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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