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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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