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: 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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