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: 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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