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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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