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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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