Day in history for February 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
``Hard times, hard times'' is the universal cry. Wherever you go there is the same complaint. Business is at a standstill, or almost so, because everybody, like Micawber, is just ``waiting for something to turn up.''

1880 -- 125 years ago
Anchor ice in Rock River caused the mills at Milan to close last night.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.C. Brown, formerly of Rock Island, has been appointed vice president in charge of the operation of all Harriman-Vanderbilt railroads west of Buffalo, N.Y.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School basketball team remained in the championship race by defeating Moline High last night 30 to 19.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An old log cabin, which has been a historic landmark in Scott County for more than a hundred years, has been razed. The cabin was constructed by LeRoy Dodge, the great grandfather of Wayne Cook, Scott County attorney, in about 1835, and was razed by the Dewey Portland Cement Co., when maintenance on the 15-room structure became too expensive.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thomas C. Lundeen, a Moline architect, has been selected as a new director of the Moline Foundation. Lundeen, 2612 32nd St., will succeed Alan M. Hallene, whose term on the foundation has expired.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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