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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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