Day in history for February 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Some Moline citizens have expressed irritation and rightly so, because Moline has not yet been invited to take part in Rock Island's forthcoming celebration of the arrival of the first Chicago And Rock Island railway cars.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Banner of Aledo anticipates a large immigration westward from Aledo in the spring. Land agents of the Kansas Railroad Co. are kept busy tending to those who are looking for western land.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Because of the screams of children issued daily from one of Rock Island's best homes, neighbors investigated. The man of the house explained that he has eliminated winter sickness by requiring his family to take cold baths. The screams, he said, came when his children entered the cold tub.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Frederick C. Denkmann, 69, died today in his home at 625 26th St., Rock Island. The eldest son of one of the founders of the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann timber and lumber enterprises, he became a guiding influence in most of Rock Island's chief industries.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Alfred G. Waffle, Moline businessman, has been recommended to the post office department as permanent Moline postmaster by Congressman Robert B. Chipperfield, Canton, 19th District.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester's new four-wheel-drive tractor, being built at Rock Island Farmall Plant, is being called ''a breakthrough in the row-cropping concept'' by the company.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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