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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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