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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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