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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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