Day in history for February 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The bill to authorize another ferry at this point lost in the lower house of the Illinois legislature by one vote. The bill had passed the senate earlier.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''Two Orphans'' is the play at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.C. Craig has consented to be the Republican Party candidate for mayor.

1930 -- 75 years ago
George C. Perrin, counsel of Modern Woodmen of America, was elected president of the National Fraternal Lawyers Association.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Orville Bryan of Rock Island successfully defended his Quad-City match championship title in checkers for the second time in two weeks Saturday in the clubrooms in Davenport, this time against his second challenger, Derwood Fogle of Colona. Bryan won 12 to 8.

1980 -- 25 years ago
More than 300 engineers, clerical and hourly workers have moved into a new product engineering center for Deere And Co. in Silvis. The 180,000-square-foot building, west of Illinois 5 and 92, is a research and development center for Deere combines. Advanced test laboratories, shop space for building new models and a test track for proving design quality and durability are part of the building design. The center will be operated as part of the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline.

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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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