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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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