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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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