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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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