Day in history for February 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Eight farmers, driving eight teams, broke a road through the huge snowdrifts to bring 60 hogs 20 miles to Rock Island for slaughter by Ainsworth And Lynde. The owner of the hogs was Daniel Wheaton, Esq., of Edgington.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Calvin Truesdale of Rock Island will lecture on ''Hygiene'' under the auspices of the Rock Island Association for Home Study.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Bar Association met today and adopted rules regarding practice in the circuit court.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of shoppers visited the Eagle Kash and Karry grocery and meat market during its formal opening at 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two new bottles for Coca-Cola, family and king size, are being introduced in a limited number of markets including Boston and Columbus, Ohio, according to an announcement by Harry Avery, vice president of Quad-Cities Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Avery said there is a possibility both new bottles will be put on the market later in a few additional middle-west cities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Sally Goodwin, Moline, nationally known harpist, will be the special guest at the worship service and adult Sunday school class in the First Congregational Church, Geneseo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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