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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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