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: 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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