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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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