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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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