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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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