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: 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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