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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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