Day in history for February 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A $5 fine for tying a horse or team to Rock Island's new gas lamp post is provided in an ordinance adopted by the city council.

1880 -- 125 years ago
W.D. Crockett of Coal Valley, breeder of fine race horses, sold his bay mare, Centralia, to a St. Louis man for $2,500 cash.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Bethany Home Protective Association decided that $15,000 would be needed to buy a new large house for the children's home.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dean Jules G.U. Mauritzson, 61, died of injuries he received last night when he was hit by an automobile on 7th Ave. at 38th St., Rock Island. He had been on the Augustana College faculty 28 years and had been dean since 1921.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man, Hollis J. Mordhorst, topped the list of cash award winners at Rock Island Arsenal with $25. Mordhorst suggested an improvement on the mechanism of a mount tripod for the .30 caliber machine gun.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''Fly with the eagles and be free. Quad-Cities U.S.A. Lookin' better every day. Quad-Cities, you're the place I want to be.'' That catchy advertising jingle, which uses the Mississippi River, cornfields and the area's visiting eagle population, is part of a $300,000 media campaign to promote the Quad-Cities as a single, unified community.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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