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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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