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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