Day in history for February 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mrs. Thomas Butler and her small daughter froze to death on the prairie as they were trying to walk a mile to a neighbor's house. They lived near the railroad bridge at Rock River. There was fuel in the house, but they apparently became alarmed during the blizzard and sought companionship.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Neptune volunteer firemen elected the following officers: John Gardner, foreman; Barney McCabe, assistant foreman; Michael Corcoran, treasurer, and Thomas Bollman, secretary.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Tri-City Labor Congress, a merger of all local unions was discussed and was favored by a majority of those present.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Harry Ainsworth, 67, president of Williams, White And Co. and a Moline civic leader, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two hundred men from Galva, Kewanee and Wethersfield took part in the fox drive staged Sunday from the Burns Grange Hall. The hunt was sponsored by the Galva Sportsmen's Club and was the fourth one of the season. Only three foxes were killed.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Sparks from a welding torch apparently triggered the blaze that destroyed much of Western Structural Co., 3201 4th Ave., Moline, Thursday night. Welders had been working on ceiling beams at the small industrial plant.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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