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 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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