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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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