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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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