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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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