Day in history for February 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The cold of Saturday night froze the water in the gas holder and caused it to burst and the gas escape. Our city will be without gas until it can be repaired.

1881 -- 125 years ago
On account of illness in his family the Rev. J.S. McCord was obliged to abandon revival services at the Fifth Ave. Methodist Church.

1906 -- 100 years ago
William C. Brown, former manager of the Burlington Road and well-known here, was offered the presidency of the American Locomotive Works at an annual salary of $70,000.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The combined population of Rock Island and Moline is 70,189. 37,953 for Rock Island and 32,236 for Moline.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Moline police officer, directing traffic at the scene of an accident at 38th St. and River Dr. about 1:30 this morning, was almost run down by an Albany man who was arrested and booked on a drunk driving charge.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Graduates of the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Md., soon will be wearing a little of Moline firefighter Robert Lenger's art work. Lenger, a graduate of the federal academy's arson program last October, designed a patch using the academy's unofficial logo, an eagle nicknamed Hot Foot, as the central symbol.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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