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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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