Day in history for February 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Long John Wentworth, this district's representative in congress, is leading a fight to extend to soldiers of the War of 1812 the same pensions as are paid to soldiers of the Revolution.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Maj. Frazer Wilson today was elected president of the Old Settlers Society, which will hold its annual festival Feb. 21.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Jule Waters is appearing at the Illinois Theater here in the play ``Just Struck Town.''

1929 -- 75 years ago
Automobiles being shown at the Rock Island Auto Show include new models of Graham-Paige, Marmon, Reo, LaSalle, Auburn, Oakland, Whippet and Essex.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Circuit Judge Dan H. McNeal will issue a permanent injunction restraining the city of Rock Island from locating a swimming pool in Long View Park. Indications were the city will appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. Judge McNeal announced his decision in letters to City Attorney Charles D. Marshall and attorney Norman R. Walker, representing 66 residents of the Long View Park area who filed the suit for an injunction.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Despite recent farm rumors about a ``coyote invasion,'' the animals are no more numerous than usual, acccording to Lowell McKirgan, Illinois conservation police officer. Rumors have been heard of farms being invaded by packs of coyotes attacking livestock, but McKirgan says, ``The numbers are not disturbingly high this year.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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