Day in history for February 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Charity Ball is postponed until Thursday, in consequence of the tea party at Smith And Lathrope's new hall tomorrow night. All right. Give the ladies time to rest and then for a rousing time at the Island City Hotel. Everybody and his wife will be there.

1880 -- 125 years ago
James McKeever, who was hurt by an explosion of the 23rd Street sewer, sued the city of Rock Island for $18,000 damages.

1905 -- 100 years ago
George H. Kingsbury, Rock Island, was elected president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, at its convention in Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Melvin Sims, 5, was critically injured when he was hit by a truck while he was playing.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of the original buildings of the Sylvan works of Republic Steel Corp. in Moline, located on Sylvan island in the Mississippi River, was constructed of steel salvaged from the 1892 Chicago World's Fair. The works, first known as Sylvan Steel Co., was started in 1894 as a rolling mill. It was acquired by Republic Iron And Steel Co. when the latter was formed in 1899.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Operators of Jumer's Castle Lodge, Bettendorf, have been given permission to proceed with plans to build a nine-story, $2.5 million addition to their building.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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