Day in history for March 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Sealed bids on the paving of part of the Rock Island levee with macadam will be received by the city council until March 28.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Ice dealers have fixed prices for the next summer's deliveries. The cost of supplying a home refrigerator with ice will be about 10 cents a day.

1905 -- 100 years ago
F.C.A. Denkmann, who entered the lumber business here in 1861 and who saw his companies enterprises grow throughout the northwest, died today. He came to Rock Island in 1851 and opened a grocery store.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Edward, Prince of Wales, is ill of malaria and has cancelled the rest of his wild game hunt in Africa.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Estimates of loss ranged from $50,000 to $100,000 today in a fire Tuesday night which swept the east end of the McClelland Company building, 428 E. 3rd St., Davenport, as officials started an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City chapter of the Safer Foundation hit something of a milestone Sunday when it announced that it had found a job for its 1,000th ex-offender. Jerry Woods, director of the four-year-old non-profit foundation, said he's very pleased with the success rate the foundation has had in keeping the ex-offenders on the job.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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