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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