Day in history for February 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Other papers are taking up the suggestion of The Argus that railroads should have foresight enough to have horses and sleighs ready to carry the mail when snowdrifts stop the trains.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lumbermen of Rock Island, Moline, Davenport and Muscatine will buy a steamer to help pass rafts of logs down the Rock Island rapids. J.M. Gould, Moline, was elected president of the Lumbermen's Association, with Capt. Sam VanSant of LeClaire, vice president.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The hot tamale wagon evil was discussed by the Rock Island City Council. Aldermen said there were too many hot tamale wagons using the streets for business purposes.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Farmall Works will increase its production from 200 tractors daily to 250.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The present Rock Island Federal Building, which will be traded to the city of Rock Island for Spencer Square, site of a proposed $2,000,000 federal building, is valued at $150,000. The exchange of the building and the square will be on an even basis.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Joshua Grafton, Moline, will be first on the ballot for the nomination of Illinois delegates to the 1980 Republican convention in Detroit. Grafton, 20, is a student at the University of Illinois.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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