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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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