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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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