Day in history for February 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Secretary of War Jefferson Davis objected to the sale of the island of Rock Island and therefore Senator Shields has amended his bill in connection with the granting of right-of-way across the island to the Chicago And Rock Island railroad.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rolla J. Wood, while walking home with his wife last night, was pounded in the most brutal manner by four men. They broke his nose.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Jesse Maxwell, who established a shoe factory here in 1844, died at 86 in Port Byron, where for many years he was proprietor of the Maxwell House. From 1847 to 1856 he and his family lived in a log cabin on his farm in Zuma Township.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Earl C. Dean, Frank L. Curnyn and Frank McMeekin won primary election contests for aldermanic nominations.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A firm that has made an estimated 1 million keys during its 82 years of existence occupies a small shop in Rock Island. It is known as Charles Fiebig's Sons and is located at 1619 3rd Ave.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Blinding snow whipped across parts of Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois today, blocking rural highways with mounting drifts and reducing rush hour travel to a crawl in cities and towns. Quad-Citians struggled through nearly 5 inches of snow.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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