Day in history for February 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Thousands of visitors are in Rock Island today to celebrate the arrival of the first train on the shores of the Mississippi. Speeches, parades, the booming of cannons, the illumination of houses and stores, and a banquet are the order of the day.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The popular play ''Uncle Tom's Cabin,'' will be presented by the Gotthald and Rial Company in Dart's Hall.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fifty deaths were caused by football last fall, leading to the question: Does the game pay? Augustana College is considering forbidding the game to its students.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Paulsen tract has been bought by the board of education as additional ground for the new senior high school being planned in the center of Rock Island population.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A dope addict's confession of a 1947 murder has served to intensify a Rock Island police investigation of dope peddling in the Quad-Cities area. Police Chief Claus C. Miller said several important leads on dope sales now are being probed. Lonnie Wright, 53, Rock Island, voluntarily confessed to the slaying of Jack Winfield, 40, Davenport, in 1947.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Department of Conservation has awarded a $200,000 grant for renovation and expansion of Geneseo's 26-year-old public swimming pool. The matching fund grant was sought to finance a $400,000 swimming pool rehabilitation and expansion project that would double the size of the pool.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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