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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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