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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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