Day in history for February 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The all-absorbing question throughout the country is how to admit to the Union the Nebraska and Kansas territories. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois has proposed in his Nebraska bill to let the settlers vote whether the new state shall allow slavery.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ethan Allen of Preemption, an old settler, called at The Argus office today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Mayor William McConochie told the council the customary bitter exchanges of personalities at meetings must come to an end.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Methodist and Presbyterian pastors said they favor the proposal for a merger of the two denominations.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Both blind since 1930, Jerry Mansfield, 89, and Charles M. Hargis, 76, both of Rock Island and both retired engineers of the Rock Island Lines brought to a close an association of over 24 years. Every day Mr. Hargis has walked to the home of Jerry Mansfield and the two men have talked. Mr. Hargis left to make his home with his son in Blue Island, Ill.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Operators of a Rock Island group home for wayward boys, in debt $22,000 because the city has denied it needed zoning, will make a ''last ditch'' plea to city councilmen Monday. At stake for Home Away From Home, Inc., is a $50,000 house at 4400 7th Ave.; $24,000 in lost revenue from five months delay in opening; and the future of some delinquent teenage boys.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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