Day in history for February 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
By resolution, Rock Island aldermen warned the Illinois legislature not to adopt any bill that would prevent Rock Island from establishing a city-owned ferry in opposition to ''John Wilson's monopoly.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
The overseer of the poor in this township spent $259.60 to provide food and fuel for 140 persons in January.

1904 -- 100 years ago
James H. Eckels, Chicago banker and former Washington official, will speak at a Lincoln day banquet in the Rock Island Club.

1929 -- 75 years ago
E.E. Scott has been named chairman of a financial drive for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A young couple and their 10-month-old son were stranded in Moline during the weekend and police came to their rescue with a night's lodging, financial help, and a gas station operator lent further assistance. The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Haislip of Aberdeen, Wash., were on their way to Ohio when their car ran out of gas and they ran out of money at the same time. They asked for lodging at the Moline jail about 2 a.m. Sunday.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Consultants studying East Moline's water say it's very bad and likely to get worse before it gets better. The water is safe to drink, but has a bad odor and taste because of ice buildup in treatment basins and consequent damage to mechanisms at the processing plant. There's little the city can do now to improve water quality, the consultants said, because the treatment basins are frozen.

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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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