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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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