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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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