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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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