Day in history for February 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island City Council asks congress to appropriate money to help build the Warsaw And Rockford railroad, inasmuch as the government hasn't cleared the rapids in the river of obstructions so as to permit adequate steamboat navigation.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A petition signed by 280 persons was presented to the Rock Island City Council. The petitioners ask for an election on a proposal to reorganize the city under the Illinois general incorporation act of 1872.

1904 -- 100 years ago
An alert law department of the Modern Woodmen of America defeated a plot by a Wisconsin man to swindle fraternal insurance organizations by means of false death claims.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Radio station WHBF will install broadcasting facilities on the mezzanine of the Fort Armstrong Hotel at a cost of $5,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A spectacular fire, which might have proved disastrous for one of Rock Island's school buildings, caused an estimated $5,000 damage to a 1-story frame annex of Frances Willard Grade School, 9th Street and 25th Avenue. Flames from the annex, situated about 25 feet south of the main school building, spread through a passageway and damaged a door of the main structure.

1979 -- 25 years ago
That ad ``sooner or later you'll ride the bus'' came true 15,000 times in January. Cold and snowy weather caused bus ridership here to jump 12 to 15 percent over year-ago figures, according to John Murphy, assistant manager of the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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