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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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