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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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