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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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