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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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