Day in history for February 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have learned that the Rock River is breaking up and it is feared the ice will carry away some of the toll bridges.

1882 -- 125 years ago
It is said that electric lights will be used at the Rodman Rifle Ball tomorrow evening at the Armory.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The bill for a two-cent railroad fare, now pending in the state legislature, is receiving a great deal of support in this vicinity. The bill asks two cents per mile.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Five fiery Rock Island High cagers completely upset predictions by trimming Davenport High's quintet, 14-9, in an exciting game at the Davenport Fieldhouse last night. Quad-City fans now will center their attention on the Rock Island-Moline contest later this week.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island fireman was injured but no fire damage resulted from an overheated salamander at 3:48 this morning in an addition under construction at The Argus building, 1724 4th Ave., Rock Island. Injured but remaining on duty was Capt. Deane V. Campbell who almost fell completely through an opening in the third floor of the new addition.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island grocery and convenience stores will be allowed to sell beer and wine under a proposal the city council will review tonight.

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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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