Day in history for February 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
This morning we found two large loads of excellent coal laid down at The Argus door. Upon inquiry, we learn the coal is a gift from Holmes Hakes, who owns a splendid coal field on the west side of Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Wolf hunters will meet at Wells School and form a ring, extending along the river and up the coal banks, and then close in on the wolves Saturday.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dean Thomas Mackin of St. Joseph's Catholic Church died today. In Rock Island 28 years, he had promoted the building of the St. Anthony's Hospital and the Villa de Chantal School.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chief of Army Engineers recommended the dredging and damming of the upper Mississippi River to provide a permanent 9-foot channel. The report recommends a dam between Rock Island and Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Milan's 100,000 gallon water sphere, perched on its streamlined tower like a golf ball on a tee, is in the final stage of construction. The 85-foot, $34,140 structure is on the bluff south of the village.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal officials are asking the Pentagon for $25 million to expand their Sylvan Slough hydroelectric power plant, a move they say could make the island nearly self-sufficient and save money.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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