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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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