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: 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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