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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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