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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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