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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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