Day in history for February 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Frizzell, Lewis M. Webber, Jacob Norris, Frazer Wilson and J.W. Churchill will go to Springfield as agents of this city to protect its rights in operation of the Rock Island-Davenport ferry.

1879 -- 125 years ago
James Johnson has been re-elected chief of the Rock Island volunteer fire companies.

1904 -- 100 years ago
In order that their employees may have some time for recreation, McCabe's and Young And McComb's department stores have agreed to close at 5:30 each evening, except Saturdays.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A large building formerly used by the Boone Woolen Mills has been leased by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce for use as an exposition hall.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Tentative plans have been made to improve the teaching of sex education in Rock Island public schools. Changes in the present program were recommended by the human relations committee composed of the high school and and junior high school principals. At present, Dr. John Murphy, a retired Geneseo physician, teaches sex education to only seventh-grade pupils in the Rock Island system.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline residents feel the public library has an adequate collection, above-average service and an excellent staff. But a lack of parking space prevents many people from enjoying the library's services, according to a recent survey. The survey was intended to help the library formulate future goals, policies and programs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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