Day in history for February 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Chicago newspapers are praising highly the hospitality of Rock Island on Feb. 22 when 300 Chicagoans and many other visitors were entertained at the celebration of the coming of the first train of cars. Several hundred visitors were given lodging overnight in homes of citizens.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Claress Cook, 67, died in Davenport. From her own funds she built a church, eight schools and Davenport's public library. She was the widow of Ebenezer Cook, former vice president of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad Co.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Kings Daughters will sponsor a show of pretty babies in the armory on 16th Street in the hope of raising $3,000 toward a fund to open an old ladies' home.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Oct. 5 has been set as the date for dedication of the Rock Island Public Schools stadium.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 2,500-word article dealing with the problem of rearing children, written by Earl H. Hanson, Rock Island superintendent of schools, will appear in the second quarterly issue of Liberty Magazine, which will be published and sent out in early May.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Robert Thompson, Rock Island, told police he awoke at 6:20 a.m. when he heard suspicious noises. Upon investigation he found a 17-year-old boy, whom he knew, in his basement. Thompson said he ran back up his basement steps, locked his basement door and telephoned police. When police arrived they found the youthful burglar had left by pushing out a basement window.

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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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