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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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