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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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