Day in history for February 5, 2004
- 1854 -- 150 years ago
- No building on Illinois or Buffalo streets can hereafter be built of wood. The Rock Island council adopted an ordinance permitting only brick or stone construction in those downtown streets, in order to reduce the fire danger.
- 1879 -- 125 years ago
- A metal roof was placed today on the drill hall of the combination Rodman Rifles Armory and city hall building, which soon will be completed.
- 1904 -- 100 years ago
- The new $20,000 pauper house at the Rock Island County Infirmary was dedicated. County Clerk Henry B. Hubbard read a history of Rock Island County poor houses.
- 1929 -- 75 years ago
- Dr. E.F. Bartholomew, a teacher for 66 years and a professor at Augustana College 41 years, retired today.
- 1954 -- 50 years ago
- Practical joking hit an all-time low in Rock Island. Emil VanPoecke reported to police he received an alleged long-distance telephone call Tuesday morning informing him of his brother's death in Flushing, Mich. Mr. VanPoecke made arrangements for funeral services with a Rock Island mortuary. Then Tuesday night, the same person telephoned Mr. VanPoecke and informed him it was only a joke.
- 1979 -- 25 years ago
- It would be more economical to close one of Moline's two hospitals than to build a bridge between them, an Illowa Health Systems Agency staff report says. The Illowa report claims there are 332 excess hospital beds in Rock Island County and that fact makes closure of a hospital a better alternative than building a bridge.
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