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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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