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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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