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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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