Day in history for February 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
During the past week, operations in real estate in Rock Island have been brisk. We have heard of the following sales: Two lots in Rock Island city, sold by Capt. John E. Brackett for $12.50 each; and two lots by another gentleman for $10 each, time of payment one year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E.E. Cropper was elected president of the Old Settlers Association of Rock Island County. Named vice presidents were A.F. Swander, Nathaniel Belcher, Ira Whitehead, John Edgington and John E. Babcock.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``The Prince of Pilsen'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Carl Engstrom, East Moline, drowned but first managed to save his former wife, Florens Lehoucq, by pushing her from his car after it broke through ice while he was driving across the Mississippi River between East Moline and Campbell's Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An investigation was underway to determine the cause of a fire which destroyed a 26-by-100 foot building and an estimated two carloads of lumber at the Swan And Bahnsen Lumber Co. on Route 150, just south of the Moline Rock River bridge.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A pre-dawn fire raged through the newly remodeled Ponderosa Steak House, 4422 11th St., Rock Island, causing an estimated $125,000 in damage. The interior was a charred tangle of debris.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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