Day in history for March 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Factory now is in active operation and is prepared to manufacture every variety of plow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The long-awaited iron for the Milan Bridge arrived from Cleveland, Ohio this morning and is now being tested at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The average temperature for the month of February was 28 degrees, 3.6 degrees above the average for the past 35 years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Watering of the main Rock Island lock, first completed unit in the $5,500,000 channel project in Rock Island, was completed by engineers last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A free throw with 27 seconds left in the game by forward Lloyd Beese spelled victory for Augustana's Vikings last night, as the Blue and Gold swept to its fifth straight College Conference of Illinois victory, nipping Illinois Wesleyan University, 66-65.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Jim Davis is featured in an article on black mayors in the March issue of Ebony magazine. The nationally circulated magazine focuses on eight black mayors in medium-sized Midwestern cities. Davis is quoted as saying that the chief challenge facing cities in the future is ''with unemployment and with trying to develop a city without federal dollars.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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