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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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