Day in history for February 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The little grandson of John Thompson, while washing his sled at the levee, fell under the ice today and was taken away by the current. The body may not be found until spring.

1879 -- 125 years ago
If O.J. Dimick will not allow use of his Ninth Street fairgrounds track for harness races, Rock Island should establish a driving park on Big Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The city will offer to buy from Phil Mitchell the combination city hall and armory which the city leases. The council voted to offer $15,000.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Crowded conditions at Hawthorne and Irving schools and plans for enlargement of those schools were outlined for the board of education.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A scholarship fund in memory of Carl August Bergendoff, a graduate of Augustana College, has been established. A check for $5,000 was received from Ruben Bergendoff, Kansas City, Mo., a son, whose contribution was prompted by his father's devotion to Augustana.

1979 -- 25 years ago
As soon as his flashlight beam reflected off the shiny plastic bags in the dark attic, Rock Island County Sheriff's investigator Sherman Powell knew he had found what he was looking for. Inside the bags, wrapped in towels and rags, was a tiny skeleton, the remains of what authorities believe was a 7-month-old fetus. Powell came to the one-story home in an unincorporated part of the county, near Silvis, after he received a tip from a former resident of the home.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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