Day in history for February 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council should appoint an official wood measurer. Some teamsters bring wood to town and represent the load as containing a fourth to a third more than it really does. Fuel having become high priced, officials should not delay in protecting the public by measuring wood and weighing coal sold in Market Square.

1879 -- 125 years ago
At a temperance meeting held in Negus' Hall Sunday afternoon a committee of seven men was appointed to call unpon Mayor E.P. Reynolds to ask for stricter enforcement of an ordinance requiring saloons to be closed on Sundays.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire which broke out at 11 a.m. yesterday in Baltimore has raged with unabated fury for 30 hours. (In all 2,500 buildings were destroyed before the fire burned itself out.)

1929 -- 75 years ago
Wallace C. Grant has been named general chairman of a joint campaign for funds by the Welfare Association, Visiting Nurse Association and Bethany Home.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Balloons carrying a message of freedom will be launched from the steps of the Rock Island city hall Friday at 10 a.m. To be held on Lincoln's birthday anniversary, the event will signal the opening of Freedom Week.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Housing Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to hang onto its 40-year-old Arsenal Courts housing project, rejecting a proposal from a Rock Island contractor to buy it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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