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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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