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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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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