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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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