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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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