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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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