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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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