Day in history for February 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The publishers of the Chicago Democratic Press will please accept our thanks for a copy of a pamphlet entitled ``Rock Island and its Surroundings in 1853.'' It is made up of a series of letters written by Mr. Scripps of the Press.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Ebenezer Cook of Davenport willed most of her $300,000 estate to churches and leaves $50,000 to build a Home for the Friendless in Davenport.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Korea will throw in its lot with Japan in the Japanese-Russia war.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. J.L. Irving will be chairman of the ``red letter day'' feature of the campaign for charities.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Following installation of telephones and other needed equipment, the Davenport civil defense ground observers corps will go into action on the roof of St. Luke's Hospital. Additional room for work of the unit has been provided at the hospital and all facilities are being transferred from the former position on the roof of the Palmer School, where the unit has been activated for the past two years.

1979 -- 25 years ago
John Vize was 12 years old when he first saw the great looming hulk of the Quinlan, an old Davenport paddlewheeler drydocked in a Rock Island boatyard. Since then, the 32-year-old Moline man has known what he wants to do. ``I wanted to own one,'' he said. Vize wants to launch an excursion boat service along the Mississippi River.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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