Day in history for February 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Never has a time been known when snowdrifts so obstructed railroads as now. A train left here early today, trying to get through to Chicago, but train officials could not find our postmaster and therefore an accumulation of outgoing mail continues to pile up in the Rock Island post office.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island men who are promoting organization of the Rock Island Steam Heating Company have decided that no person can buy more than $5,000 worth of the company's stock.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Stewart has traded his hardware store for land in Canada. Thus an old Rock Island business passes.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Miss Fern Carl has been chosen as the new Home Bureau adviser in Rock Island County.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen, starting at 11:38 this morning, fought a sawdust blaze at the Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, for an hour-and-a-half. Damage, however, from the fire was reported as nominal.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Four persons were injured in a spectacular 12-car pile-up during rush hour this morning on the Interstate 74 bridge between Moline and Bettendorf. The pile-up occurred in the eastbound lane of the bridge about 8:50 a.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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