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 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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