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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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