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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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