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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