Day in history for February 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Tomorrow evening is to be the great gathering of charitable people at the Island City Hotel. Every dollar taken for tickets will be handed over to a committee of ladies whose duty it will be to relieve the wants of the needy.

1880 -- 125 years ago
S.J. Collins has today commenced work fitting up the store on the corner of 17th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, as a liquor store.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The saloons of Geneseo closed Saturday afternoon on hearing the ruling of Judge Gest that they were not operating legally.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Helen Hazard of Rock Island has been appointed superintendent of the new Illinois reformatory for women.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A fortunate discovery and fast leg work on the part of the Rev. Arthur T. Clark prevented what might have been a disastrous blaze Sunday evening at South Park Presbyterian Church, 1501 30th St., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A former Davenport basketball star and a pilot were seriously injured early today when their airplane crashed in the front yard of a Rock Island home. Tony McAndrews, 37, an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa and candidate for head coach at Iowa State University, was listed in serious but stable condition at Franciscan Hospital.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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