Day in history for February 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus is opposed to a recommendation that Davenport be invited to pay some of the bill for the forthcoming celebration of the completion of the Chicago And Rock Island railroad. The Argus believes Rock Island should ask its guests to accept this city's hospitality without charge.

1879 -- 125 years ago
J.F. Everett, Rock Island superintendent of schools, reports 1,719 pupils enrolled, of whom 643 were neither absent nor tardy in January.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Vatican and the Italian government are ready to sign a treaty settling long-standing differences between church and state.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Little Sherri Whicker, 3-year-old Rock Island girl, tried to escape this morning, but fell into the clutches of the ''law.'' Sherri walked away from home and started to walk across busy 7th Ave. Dickie Holtman, a school patrolboy at Longfellow School, spotted the unattended runaway and took her in tow.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An Illinois Department of Corrections official says the state could use part of the East Moline Mental Health Center for a minimum security prison work-release program. A.M. Monahan, chief of operations, says the state would like to set up a program involving ''good risk'' prisoners in the Quad-Cities area.

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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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