Day in history for February 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A little girl was run over by a team and sled in the First Ward as she was returning from school.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Members of the Fourth Ward Hose Company volunteer firemen went to Davenport and put on a surprise party for T.F. Aurochs.

1905 -- 100 years ago
In a recount of the votes of the 33rd senatorial district, George W. McCaskrin lost 1,061 votes in Rock Island and his opponent, George A. Cooke, lost 45. As McCaskrin's majority in the district was 900, the recount is enough to unseat him if the committee's decision is upheld in the lower house of the Illinois legislature.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A Rock Island woman, 19 years old, went blind, and 11 persons who were with her at a drinking party are being held for investigation. Poisoned bootleg alcohol is suspected as the cause of the woman's sudden blindness.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Dr. William H. Otis of Moline has purchased Homewood Farm, on Coaltown Road, from the estate of the late Katherine Deere Butterworth for an estimated $95,000. The farm totals more than 240 acres.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It's called popinjay. Players shoot a blunted arrow at a tiny 'bird' sitting atop a slanted metal dowel rod 65 feet away. Belgian in origin, it's usually played at the Friends Circle Club on 7th Street in Moline.

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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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