Day in history for February 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock River railroad bridge was finished today. A mile of track will be laid daily until Rock Island is reached Feb. 22. The temporary depot here is finished.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Though the ice here has been declared unsafe, a hundred or more people couldn't resist the temptation to take a shortcut to Davenport to witness a fire this afternoon in Hill's block. The fire seriously damaged a building housing four stores on 2nd St. and three on Brady St.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A good team of horses cost only $100 in 1900 but now cost $400. Farmers quit raising horses during the bicycle rage and now there's a scarcity. Some day automobiles may further reduce the horse population of the country.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff Howard Gregg and Deputy Sheriff Jacob S. Wolf were pummeled by hoodlums last night as the officers quelled a disturbance at a dance.

1954 -- 50 years ago
June Haver admitted today she is dating no one else but Fred MacMurray. The MacMurray-Haver combination became the talk of Hollywood when they first started dating a few weeks ago. MacMurray declined to admit anything more serious concerning the former Rock Island resident.

1979 -- 25 years ago
People who work for the city of Moline soon will have a lot more freedom in deciding where they want to live. Aldermen voted to relax a much-disputed rule requiring employees to live within six miles of city hall in either Moline or an unincorporated area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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