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: 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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