Day in history for February 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
R.K. Allen has brought five beautiful thoroughbred horses from Long Island, N.Y., and they have just arrived at the Allen stables in Davenport.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The city of Rock Island's total debt has grown to $310,000. Condiserable ingenuity will be required on the part of city officials to meet the interest on this debt and reduce it.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Paving of 14th Avenue, Rock Island, from 30th Street to 46th Street will cost $43,137.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Seven members of the north side Chicago gang of George Bugs Moran were trapped in a garage, lined up against a wall and shot dead with sawed-off shotguns. The killers, believed to be members of a rival gang, wore police uniforms.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An emergency landing flare, accidentally discharged from a United Airlines plane over Moline, gave rise to a rash of rumors of a plane crashing in flames near the south end of the city. The magnesium flare, still burning, landed in a tree in Garfield School yard, 1518 25th Ave., where it burned out without causing any damage.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When Moline's youth baseball program gets underway in Green Valley Park this spring, fathers, sons and spectators will remember Glenn O. Parmley. The park board is expected to name the park's eight-diamond baseball complex in honor of Parmley, Moline parks supervisor who died Feb. 4. He was well-known for his dedication to children's programs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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