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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