Day in history for February 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus objects to the abuse being meted out to Joseph Knox, William Frizzell, Lewis M. Webber and Lemuel Andrews because they went to the Legislature to ask for a ferry franchise.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Republican convention nominated R.A. Donaldson for county clerk. For president, the delegates uniformly favored Blaine, 49; Grant, 24; Washburne, 24; Sherman, 8; no choice, 3.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A group which met in the office of W.C. Maucker adopted a resolution against granting a permit to any new street car company to cross Rock Island Arsenal and Rock Island bridges.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Carbon monoxide fumes from his automobile in the garage caused the death of George C. Murdoch, 68, head of a paint and wallpaper business in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Davenport Mayor Walt Beuse claims he has had some odd requests during his tenure as city head, but a request by Garry Moore, moderator for the ''I've Got a Secret'' television show, for 20 Mississippi mud pies, ''takes the cake.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A hardware store and warehouse were destroyed by fire Saturday, and power was temporarily cut off to more than half the Kewanee residents. The fire began in the Farm and Home Store shortly after 2 p.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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