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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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