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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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