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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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