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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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