Day in history for February 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We wish the persons who are indebted to us would call at the office and settle.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 17th anual festival of the Old Settlers Assn. of Rock Island County was held last night and was a success in every way.

1907 -- 100 years ago
James McNamara was nominated as candidate for mayor of Rock Island at a meeting last night of the Citizens Non-Partisan Assn.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Judge Nels A. Larson of the circuit court made a plea for a return to a belief in the old-fashioned virtues of honesty, civic and personal righteousness in an address before members of the Rock Island Rotary Club. The opinion also was expressed that, with all our resources, we are in no danger of invasion by a foreign foe.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Opposition was growing in Davenport today to a bill introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives which would prohibit the sale of beer by grocery and other retail stores for consumption off the premises. The bill would limit the sale to taverns only.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Two 15-year-old Bettendorf boys were charged with disorderly conduct after they were rescued from a free floating chunk of ice on the Mississippi River, Davenport police said. The two were stranded about 70 feet from shore near East River Drive and Forest Road.

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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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