Day in history for February 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Brigham And Co. has 40 men and 10 horses cutting and hauling ice from the Mississippi to their great warehouse in the lower part of Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
T.J. Robinson, Frederick Weyerhaeuser and William T. Jackson, all of Rock Island and C.H. Deere and S.W. Wheelock, both of Moline, left today to attend a state Republican committee session. There is not a man among them who favor the nomination of President Grant.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Former Minnesota Governor S.R. VanSant, who is now visiting his old Rock Island home, is a leading contender for the Republican nomination for president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
About half of the city's charitable and youth work organizations will hold their financial campaigns in March. Most of the others plan financial appeals in May.

1955 -- 50 years ago
B.H. Ryan, president of State Bank of East Moline, received Eisenhower Prayer Award, U.S. Treasury Department's highest form of recognition for outstanding volunteer service in promotion and sale of savings bonds.

1980 -- 25 years ago
East Moline city workers are circulating petitions seeking support for existing city-run garbage collection and disposal systems. They oppose private firms taking over the job.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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