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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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