Day in history for February 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A subscriber desires us to call public attention to the importance of employing good and faithful teachers in our common schools. We have no doubt that our present commissioner, J.W. Churchill, Esq., will exercise great care and the most rigid scrutiny in relation to both the character and abilities of all persons who apply to him for certificates.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The WCTU at Monmouth has declared the use of cider unwholesome.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Work is progressing on a bridge from Watertown to Campbell's Island. The bridge is being built by a street car company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Coralu Channon and Bert Durkee won popularity contests at a Rock Island High School frolic.

1954 -- 50 years ago
All St. Valentine's Day heat records in the Quad-Cities area were broken when the mercury hit an official 65 degrees at the airport and 64 degrees in the city. The previous Feb. 14 high in this area was 63 degrees, recorded in 1918. The summer-like weather coming on Sunday, a day of little employment, gave residents of the Quad-Cities an opportunity to enjoy it, and they did, thousands of them taking auto trips.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 324-pound roll of carpet, value unknown, was taken from a driveway beside Personal Touch, 2828 16th St., Moline, about 2:15 p.m. Friday. Four males were seen loading the carpet into a station wagon. The car headed south on 16th Street.

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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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