Day in history for February 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A very fine stock of beautiful gold watches, clocks and jewelry may be found at the store of Mr. Geo. D. Bromley on Illinois Street, near the courthouse square. Mr. B. is a thorough and practical watchmaker, by trade, and has a shop in this city and one in Moline.

1879 -- 125 years ago
At Galesburg, scarlet fever is spreading at a fearful rate. Many people have died within 24 hours after taking the disease.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Opening 18th Avenue, from 17th to 12th streets, is being considered by the Rock Island city council.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Fred R. Pollard has been named chairman of a Rosenfield for Mayor committee.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal's participation in the manufacture of the new ''Honest John'' rocket mentioned in a talk this week by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Army Chief of Staff, was acknowledged officially by the Department of the Army. According to Ridgway, the missile will have a range of more than 50 miles, and the rocket will be capable of hitting battlefield targets 17 miles behind enemy front lines.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Construction will begin within days on a $932,531 face-lift for Augustana College's Wallberg Hall of Science and the College Union. The first floor of the union will be converted for use by the biology department. Wallberg Hall, which housed all science classes when it opened in 1935, will be used almost exclusively by the chemistry department.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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