Day in history for February 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mayor William Frizzell has called a meeting of citizens at the courthouse to make additional plans for the gala celebration when the first train reaches Rock Island Feb. 22.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Diamond Joe Reynolds is at the Harper House arranging for Rock Island business for his line of steamboats. He furnishes half-fare passes to clergymen and newspapermen, but no member of those professions ever has enough money to pay the other half of a fare.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Japan has opened war with Russia by firing on forts and disabling three Russian warships.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Schools and colleges held special programs today, the 120th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man was complaining only of a wrist injury today at St. Anthony's Hospital after falling 30 feet onto concrete pavement this morning. Undergoing examination to determine the full extent of his injuries is John Curry, 24, of 715 32nd Ave., an employee of the Asplund tree trimming firm.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The First National Bank of Rock Island, stung by an 18-month delay in its bid for federal approval of a proposed merger with American Bank, has dropped its takeover plans and will build a new branch that banking sources estimate will cost $1.2 million. Charles C. Wilson, First National president, announced plans for the hilltop facility, to be located on 1.5 acres at the southwest corner of 30th St. and 18th Ave.

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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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