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: 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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