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: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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