Day in history for February 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Spearing And Co. livery stable has been running a sleigh for the accommodation of persons wishing to cross the river. Today the team broke through the ice and one fine horse was killed, probably from a kick on the head by the other horse as both struggled in the water.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At the Old Settlers Society reunion supper in the Rock Island Armory, Major Frazer Wilson presented the president's cane to his successor, Nathaniel Belcher.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Henry Vollmer, former mayor of Davenport, addressed the Rock Island Club on the subject ''The Monroe Doctrine.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Henry R. Ott, who was the mayor of Geneseo six terms, died at the age of 80.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A $1,000,000 expansion project for the Aluminum Company of America at its Davenport works was announced today by E.B. Fassel, works manager. The third major project at the plant, it will include installation of five new soaking pits in existing buildings.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About eight trees got the ax Wednesday along the 3400 block of 53rd Street, Moline. Neighbors along the street told police they saw a male juvenile carrying an ax outside about 7:30 p.m. and later reported that the trees along the street were damaged.

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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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