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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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