Day in history for February 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The constitution and by-laws of the Board of Trade were adopted at a recent meeting. Charles Leslie is president and J.M. Dalzell is vice president.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The saw mills in this vicinity are preparing to start up early this season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Captain Walter Blair, manager of the Carnival City Packet Co., announced that the packet season will open as soon as the danger of a severe freeze is past.

1932 -- 75 years ago
A testimonial to the life and work of the late Judge John W. Spencer, donor of Spencer Square to the city of Rock Island for park purposes in 1855, will be held tomorrow by the Rock Island County Pioneer and Old Settler's Assn.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Walter A. Rosenfield of Rock Island holds the title of ''Mr. Rock Island'' today as result of city council action last night. Mr. Rosenfield, long time civic leader, two-term mayor of Rock Island and former director of the Illinois Department of Public Works and Buildings, will be honored tomorrow at the first of a series of Brotherhood Week dinners planned in the county.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A force of auxiliary police officers descended upon Rock Island streets Thursday night and wrote 115 tickets to city residents who neglected to purchase wheel tax stickers.

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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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