Day in history for February 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The mercury sank to 16 degrees below zero and the ice bridge across the Mississippi River was never better.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Saulpaugh, whom The Argus referred to as ``one of the best deer hunters in the west,'' left for Texas to be absent several weeks.

1903 -- 100 years ago
C.B. Baker of Rock Island and Miss Winnie Zudelwitz, Davenport, were married in the home of Rabbi W.H. Fineschriber in Davenport.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cagers of Rock Island High defeated Galesburg 24 to 15, in a preliminary game on the Augustana court. Augie lost to Bradley in the final game, 34 to 29.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline High School pupils learned that organized truancy, like crime, does not pay. The 40 pupils who cut classes were reinstated on probation and only after they and their parents signed a promise containing a statement of five conditions. The part that hurt pertained to attendance at out-of-town basketball games.

1978 -- 25 years ago
What started as a practical joke nearly ended in death for a 6-foot boa constrictor. The snake, which was draped around the neck of a man chased from a Rock Island tavern and later arrested in Moline on a traffic violation, was abandoned in the owner's car for a few critical hours. The snake was finally fished out of the car by Niabi Zoo officials and is reported resting warmly at the zoo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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