Day in history for February 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Capt. John E. Brackett was found dead in his room at the Island City Hotel this morning when the porter entered to replenish the fire. We saw Capt. Brackett just last evening in the reading room of the hotel, looking well. He was a bachelor and he leaves a handsome property.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Daily attendance at Rock Island Public Library averages 174. Sunday afternoon attendance averages 32.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island will have an Elks Lodge by June 1, it is predicted. A meeting will be held tomorrow evening at the Illinois Smoker to discuss organizing. Sixty Rock Island men are now members of the Moline Elks Club.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Charles W. Miller, a grocer at 544 21st St., Rock Island, was wounded by a holdup man.

1955 -- 50 years ago
James Morgan, 35, who lives at 848 15th St., Moline, suffered chest and internal injuries when a portion of the earth walls gave way in a new elevator shaft at the Petersen Harned Von Maur store, Davenport. He is an employee of the Priester Construction Co.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A bill has been introduced in the House calling for federal loan guarantees to allow Rock Island Lines trustees to keep the line afloat through Aug. 31.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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