Day in history for February 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We hope to be able to give our readers Senator Douglas' great speech in favor of Nebraska and the right of self government next week.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M. Schnell has won a contract to build the Baptist parsonage for $2,120.

1904 -- 100 years ago
P.T. Bancroft, Rock Island waterworks superintendent, said two more pumps are needed to supply the city with enough water at all times.

1929 -- 75 years ago
B'nai B'rith, with a pledge of $500, is the first organization to contribute to a fund for a Tri-City Jewish Center.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Glenn L. Seydel, president of Bond Drug Stores, and C.R. Walgreen Jr., president of Walgreen Company, announced today the merging of Bond Drug Stores with Walgreen Company. Walgreen company is the largest national operator of retail drug stores, with 390 stores throughout the country. Annual sales for 1953 were over $181,000,000.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An Annawan school bus was used to transport 51 strikers from Kewanee Manufacturing Co. to the county jail in Cambridge after they violated a court order. An estimated 100 union workers defied a court injunction limiting the number of picketers at the plant and massed at plant entrances. Large numbers of city, Henry County and state lawmen dispersed the picketers by about 9 a.m. after the picketers tried to prevent non-union personnel from going to work.

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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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