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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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