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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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