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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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