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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