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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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