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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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