Day in history for February 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Alderman Benjamin D. Walsh, the investigator of alleged errors in the city treasurer's account, hasn't discovered anything yet except a possible missing $10.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Justice Hayden has issued warrants for 10 men involved in fighting at the Rapids City coal mines where there is a strike.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Sam R. VanSant, former governor of Minnesota, delivered an oration on George Washington at the Rock Island Club. VanSant, as a boy, lived in Rock Island. Later he was a steamboat builder at LeClaire, Iowa.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The frozen bodies of two brothers, age 38 and 55, were found in a Davenport attic. They had died of quick pneumonia, the coroner said.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A baby boy was born to Mrs. C.C. Crisp, 26, of 348 2nd St., Moline, at 10:37 a.m. just as the fire department ambulance was completing its emergency run and was backing into the entrance port at Moline Public Hospital.

1980 -- 25 years ago
There will be a very special birthday party Friday at the Rock Island County Health Care Center. The guest of honor is Nicholas Fidler, who turned 105 years old Monday. Fidler is the oldest resident at the home, and the kitchen staff is baking a special cake for the occasion.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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