Day in history for February 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock River railroad bridge was finished today. A mile of track will be laid daily until Rock Island is reached Feb. 22. The temporary depot here is finished.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Though the ice here has been declared unsafe, a hundred or more people couldn't resist the temptation to take a shortcut to Davenport to witness a fire this afternoon in Hill's block. The fire seriously damaged a building housing four stores on 2nd St. and three on Brady St.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A good team of horses cost only $100 in 1900 but now cost $400. Farmers quit raising horses during the bicycle rage and now there's a scarcity. Some day automobiles may further reduce the horse population of the country.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff Howard Gregg and Deputy Sheriff Jacob S. Wolf were pummeled by hoodlums last night as the officers quelled a disturbance at a dance.

1954 -- 50 years ago
June Haver admitted today she is dating no one else but Fred MacMurray. The MacMurray-Haver combination became the talk of Hollywood when they first started dating a few weeks ago. MacMurray declined to admit anything more serious concerning the former Rock Island resident.

1979 -- 25 years ago
People who work for the city of Moline soon will have a lot more freedom in deciding where they want to live. Aldermen voted to relax a much-disputed rule requiring employees to live within six miles of city hall in either Moline or an unincorporated area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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