Day in history for February 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We learned that a large dry goods store will be opened in Webbers new block April 1. An entirely new stock of goods has been selected expressly for this market.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Fire last night destroyed many hams in the smokehouse at the rear of the Sass Butcher Shop.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Announcement was made today that the King's Daughters circles of Rock Island have leased quarters for a ladies' home and will open the institution early in April.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Decorations for the state convention of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and preparations for the district high school band contest were considered at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce conventions committee.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at $300 was done by vandals to an ashpalt basketball court at Arsenal Courts, Rock Island. A 20=foot ditch was dug in the court, according to Alan Duncan, executive director of the Housing Authority of the city of Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
About a dozen demonstrators burned tax forms and draft registration documents durning a prayer vigil at the Rock Island Arsenal as part of an Ash Wednesday protest against war and violence in El Salvador and in the United States' building of nuclear weapons.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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