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: 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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