Day in history for February 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
City undertaker C.B. Knox reports that there were 202 deaths in Rock Island the last six months of 1854, with 146 of those dying being non-residents. Many were immigrants who became ill of Asiatic cholera and who were dumped off here by steamboats and trains.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The ferry boat tried to cross the Mississippi today but encountered much difficulty from floating ice.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen building contractors of Rock Island have formed a company to engage in the retail hardware business.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Five thousand dollars in buried treasure was found in the cellar of a house on Vandruff's Island, following the death of the occupant, James W. Kehoe.

1955 -- 50 years ago
President Eisenhower wired congratulations to the people of Rock Island on their aggressive work to promote community improvement. They have given an outstanding example of initiative and united citizen action.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Zachary was bleeding from a stab wound in the chest when he wandered onto the McKinley School playground in Moline. Animal control officers, who couldn't find his owner, decided he had to be destroyed. But 24 McKinley kids came to the rescue, saying they'd pay for his medical treatment.

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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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