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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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