Day in history for February 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Today is Valentine's Day, once a great day with us. We suppose the younger generation has similar feelings so that all girls will get squeezed today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At Harper's Theater Maggie Mitchell is playing the leading role in ''Lorie, or the Artist's Dream.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Chester Birch of St. Louis is holding well-attended revival meetings in Milan.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The board of education will grant use of the Rock Island public schools stadium to the community for a July 4th celebration and for observance of the 150th anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle fought here.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island businessmen were urged to make use of police convoys in an attempt to curb a recent wave of burglaries and holdups. Police Chief Claus C. Miller encouraged businessmen to seek police convoys when they withdraw or deposit large sums of money at banks.

1980 -- 25 years ago
As other airlines cut back commuter service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago, Mississippi Valley Airlines is increasing the number of passengers it can shuttle per trip. The airlines announced the purchase of a 50-passenger Fokker F27 aircraft which will begin carrying Chicago commuters in September. A second plane will join the fleet next January.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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