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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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