Day in history for February 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport Gazette need not come across the river to trumpet its opposition to the Rock Island bridge now being built. There is enough opposition to the bridge on this side already.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The musical comedy ''Pinafore'' is playing at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Edward Hause, son of Alderman William Hause, was injured while coasting at Long View Park.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A homesick cadet from Chicago started a fire in the dormitory of the Illinois Military School, Aledo. All occupants of the dormitory escaped injury.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mayors of the Quad-Cities area have been invited to participate in a program honoring the McGuire Sisters at the automobile show at the Rock Island Armory Sunday afternoon. The chief executives of the cities have been asked to present the three sisters with a memento from their respective cities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island man and his wife told police they were chased from Mount Joy, Iowa, to Rock Island's 23rd Street and 5th Avenue by a man shooting at them from a pickup truck. The couple told police the man was armed with a revolver. The couple was not injured and nothing appeared to have struck their car.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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