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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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