Day in history for March 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The cold weather continues and the ice gives no sign of another start downstream.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A cold wave struck the city last night, but no snow accompanied it and it is hoped that it will not tarry long.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Tool Co., the city's newest industry, has secured the former Thompson Foundry on 24th St. and the machine shop in the Donaldson Sawmill and will begin operations at once.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Plans to recognize the efforts of pupils who fail to win regular athletic awards although they try out for various school teams, are being considered by the boys' work committee of the Rock Island Junior Chamber of Commerce.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The City of Rock Island today faced the task of getting rid of thousands of dead fish which lay along the banks and frozen in ice at Lake Potter in Sunset Park. The fish are practically all ''skipjacks,'' a type which skips and lives near the surface of the water. Death of the fish is attributed to lack of oxygen.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Managers of Quad-City apartment buildings are wondering these days where all the people have gone. Managers of large area apartment complexes say business has been down, and most blame the massive layoffs at area farm implement industries.

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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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