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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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