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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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