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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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