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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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