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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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