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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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