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: 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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