Day in history for February 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War, assures Rock Island men who had written to inquire that the Fort Armstrong military reservation will not be sold. Mr. Davis says the island is ''the best site in the whole country between the Alleghenies and the Rocky Mountains for a national armory and arsenal.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
The social event of the season will be a musical and dramatic entertainment in Turner Hall to be given the 25th by United States Engineers. It will be a select affair, only holders of invitations being admitted.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Augustana College women's basketball team lost to Monmouth College ladies, 7 to 2.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Louis W. Joseph (Joe Frisco), famous comedian, recalled his Rock Island boyhood as he visited here with his mother.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The citizens advisory committee recommended to the Moline board of education that the Smith Farm-King's Orchard site for a new high school be put up for a second vote before the board election April 10. The site failed approval by a narrow margin at the school expansion referendum Feb. 6.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Volunteer ambulance attendants indicated they would support a second ambulance for back-up use and transfers, and agreed to support any move to extend service to areas outside Coal Valley Fire Protection District. Supervisor Gerry Stahr polled attendants at the Volunteer Ambulance Service Organization's meeting so he can report to fire district trustees.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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