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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