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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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