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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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