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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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