Day in history for February 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
150 years ago: The U.S. Senate has voted to make Rock Island a port of delivery. If the bill is passed by both houses, a customs official will be stationed here to collect taxes on goods imported from Europe and delivered here by steamboats.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The veteran doctors of Rock Island, Plummer, Truesdale, Craig, Galt, Bernhardi, Eyster, Carter, Cowden, Barth and McKee, surprised Dr. Patrick P. Gregg on his 70th birthday anniversary. Dr. Gregg has practiced in Rock Island since 1836.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island merchants will oppose allowing the Davenport and Suburban Railway Company to cross the bridges until it has built its proposed interurban line leading into Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The fourth annual Rock Island Auto Show opened in the Boone building, former textile mill, 5th Avenue and 13th Street.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Eduardo A. Ricaurte and Dr. Vincente Rodriguez, both of Quito, Ecuador, are taking their internship at Moline Public Hospital. Both young men hope to remain in the United States when they complete their education.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Resistance by physicians to the health maintenance organization being formed in the Quad-Cities still appears strong, but organizers say the concerns they've expressed are easing.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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