Day in history for February 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Attention is requested to the proceedings of the railroad meeting held at Cambridge. We trust our people will see the importance of encouraging a road so important to the interests of Rock Island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Efforts are being made to organize a colony of 200 Swedes to go to either Kansas or Nebraska. Moline will lose 350 of its population this spring. Most will be young men seeking new homes in the west.

1904 -- 100 years ago
William H. Pollard, 91, died in his home at 722 18th St., Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
L.R. Blackman, Moline, will be director of the 1930 federal census in this region.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fred Herd, proprietor of Davenport's oldest barbershop at 317 Harrison St., began barbering in 1889. Recalling the ''good old days,'' Herd said that every Friday night after closing time he and the other barbers would remain in the shop and hone between six and eight razors to take care of the Saturday trade. ''Most of our business in those days was shaves. Now we can use one razor a week before sharpening it,'' he said.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A coalition of independent Democrats swept the primary election in East Moline Tuesday, mowing down a field of candidates backed by Mayor Dennis Jacobs. Jacobs, already harried by independent Democrats who have forced several tie votes at recent council sessions, minimized the loss.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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