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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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