Day in history for February 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The city at present is in a bad state both for business and pleasure. Nothing worthy of note is stirring, other than the bad state of the streets.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Electric Light Co. of this city is contemplating a proposition to the city council to light Rock Island by electric towers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
May wheat was quoted at 78 cents a bushel and corn at 47 cents a bushel in yesterday's Argus.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Will Rogers paid a 15-minute visit to the area yesterday while he waited for his plane to be refueled. When he was here, he predicted that John Garner would get the Democratic nomination for president. He also said that Jack Dempsey looked slow in his fight with Levinsky and ''probably won't be able to fight many more of the big boys.''

1957 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a 10-store shopping center from 2201 to 2217 5th Ave. were announced by Irving Goldstein, a Moline automobile dealer, who will convert his present display rooms as part of the new structure.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Members of the George Fotos family could only stand and watch with tears in their eyes as their restaurant, Shannon's, at 116 W. 3rd St., Davenport, was destroyed by fire Friday evening. Friday's fire is still under investigation and no cause has been determined.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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