Day in history for February 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Tennessee is bidding for all the ice now being harvested in Rock Island by Brigham And Co. The company could ship its entire supply next summer to many places, but the firm promises that it prefers to supply the homes, businesses and steamboats of this region.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Lumber Company decided last night to build a sash and door factory in this city.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The famous actor Otis Skinner appeared in the play ''The Harvester'' at the Illinois Theater last night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mabel Normand, beautiful clown of comedy movies, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of the most severe flash floods in the history of the lower Rock River Valley last night surrounded houses on North Shore Drive about one-and-a-half miles above the Moline bridge and resulted in the evacuation of five persons. The river, which began its rapid rise about 6 p.m., began to drop again just before 11 p.m. when the huge ice gorge at the bridge gave way.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline and Rock Island police are still receiving reports of shattered car windows following a vandalism spree that left more than 100 vehicles damaged in the two cities Friday night and early Saturday morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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