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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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