Day in history for March 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Geneseo citizens held a mass meeting at which a resolution was adopted against the Nebraska compromise bill. Geneseo feels the bill would permit the spread of slavery to new territory.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Democrats last night endorsed Elisha P. Reynolds to succeed himself as mayor of Rock Island. Somebody tried to stampede the caucus by yelling ''Fire,'' but all the delegates remained calm.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Augustana College board elected Professor I.M. Anderson of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota to become professor of the Greek language and literature at Augustana.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Water damage to a cable destroyed telephone communications between Rock Island and Moline for nine hours.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Geneseo's new street lighting project, ''The Great White Way,'' was dedicated Saturday evening when the lights were turned on for the first time. The new lights are of the color-corrected mercury vapor type with concrete standards. Seventy-nine lights will be in use in the downtown and immediate surrounding area.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's multi-million dollar SouthPark Mall could be flooded by record-high waters expected to threaten residents all along the Rock River. Studies by the National Weather Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show record water content of six to eight inches, now in the form of snow waiting to melt, north of the Quad-Cities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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