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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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