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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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