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: 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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