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: 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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