Day in history for February 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A.B. Kingsbury was the Rock Island man who drove 300 turkeys to St. Paul and sold them quickly. The St. Paul Pioneer reports that Kingsbury raced his horse Peanuts against St. Paul's best horse. Peanuts won. All of St. Paul, without its women, came to see the race.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There is much floating ice in the Mississippi, which is still unsafe for boats.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Police Matron Hill of Davenport will address the Rock Island WCTU in the home of Mrs. L.D. Mudge.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Charles A. Weyerhaeuser, 63, prominent lumber man formerly of Rock Island, died in India while he was on a world cruise.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Three Rock Island city officials and a representative of an engineering firm will go to the Dixon district office of the Illinois highway division tomorrow in an attempt to solve objections of the highway division to 5th Avenue-improvement plans.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Montgomery Elevator Co., 30 20th St., Moline, was the target of a silver thief. Plant superintendent Art Phelps told police someone took 4.96 pounds of silver brads from a safe in the plant sometime between Feb. 8 and 10. The brads were 99.9 percent silver. The firm paid $2,044 for the brads when purchased some time ago.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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