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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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