Day in history for February 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Engineers are now at work between Rock Island and Port Byron running the survey for the Warsaw And Rock Island Railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Captain John Burgh, formerly of Rock Island, is in town for a walking exhibition at Hillier's Hall. He will walk 75 miles in 24 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prices have risen on tea, coffee, flour, sugar and medicines which come from the far east. Wholesalers blame the Russian-Japanese war.

1929 -- 75 years ago
J.J. Hagan, superintendent of schools, warned Americans, in a speech at the YMCA, to be wide awake concerning Japan. He predicted war with Japan unless skillful diplomacy is used.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Disclosure that a 15-year-old mentally retarded boy had been confined in an enclosure in the basement of his Rock Island home for two years left Rock Island authorities shocked and legally undecided. The question they raised is: ''Can a mother's love for her child take the place of proper care for the youth in a mental institution?''

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester took the wraps off its new ``2+2'' four-wheel-drive tractor and unveiled a $20 million computer-controlled production facility for the new tractor at the Rock Island Farmall Plant. Production of the new tractor began last month and already has added 100 employees to the plant's 3,000-plus workforce, Matt Glogowski, plant manager, said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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