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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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