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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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