Day in history for February 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
John Fisher, cigar maker, has opened a retail shop on Rock River Street near St. Mary's Catholic Church.

1901 -- 100 years ago
L.S. McCabe's advertised fresh carnations at 29 cents a dozen and roses at 39 cents a dozen.

1926 -- 75 years ago
J.F. Darby and C.F. Lynde, formerly of Rock Island, have purchased a bank at Muskogee, Oklahoma.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Appointment of two new officers of the Peerless Dairy Products Company and plans for extensive remodeling of the company's Rock Island plant were announced today by Ralph A. Anderson, president of Peerless. New members of the Peerless management staff are C.L. Gord of Davenport, who is vice president in charge of sales, and G.L. Wight of Rock Island, production manager. The improvement of the Peerless plant, 2nd Avenue and 14th Street, is expected to cost $200,000.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Policemen from the villages of Cordova, Port Byron, Albany, Hampton, Orion, Coal Valley and Andalusia have organized to form the Two Rivers Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police. Representatives of the group say one goal is to promote better communications between small village police departments because of the similarity of their problems. Bruce Beatty, Hampton, was elected president of the organization, with Jack Coleman, Coal Valley, vice president.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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