Day in history for February 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Chicago police arrested a counterfeiter who had enough bogus money in his carpetbag to start a bank. He had counterfeit Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Tennessee greenbacks. Chicago says the man is from Rock Island, but actually he once was a respectable businessman in Davenport, where he kept a dry goods store for two years.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fine fresh bass may be purchased in Rock Island for 10 cents a pound.

1905 -- 100 years ago
In Springfield, the house committee on elections voted to seat George A. Cooke, who won in a recount over the apparent winner, George W. McCaskrin, in this 33rd senatorial district.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Fire from the explosion of an acetylene torch, which was being used by a workman, caused a fire which did $75,000 damage to the Capitol Theater, Davenport, at 10 a.m. today.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police about noon today sped on an emergency call to 21st Ave. between 35th and 36th Sts. It stemmed from a report that a young girl was stuck in the mud and efforts of adults to free her were unsuccessful.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Strombeck Manufacturing Co., a 69-year-old family-owned Moline firm, has been sold. Chicago Cutlery Co. of Minneapolis purchased the long-time producer of custom-wood products.

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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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