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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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