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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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