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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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