Day in history for March 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Because of a new railway, Lusk and Pence have reduced the fare on their old-line Rock Island-Moline hacks to 10 cents each way.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Republicans of the Fourth Ward caucused and nominated Patrick Kennedy for alderman.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Republican rally for Frank O. Lowden for governor was held at the Black Hawk Club. Four boxing bouts were on the program.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A jury awarded A.B. and H.R. Cox $25,041 insurance as a result of robbery of their jewelry store. A robber wearing a Santa Claus suit had held up the store during the Christmas shopping season.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The women classroom teachers in the Davenport Public School System made plans to ask for an increase in their annual salary following an announcement that men teachers launched a campaign for a $200 a year boost. Women teachers receive $300 less per year than the men.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Mississippi Valley Coon Hunters Association claim they have the oldest coon club in Illinois. Though the group wasn't chartered until April 1962, its actual beginning dates back to the 1920s. With a present membership of 75, the club was making plans at a recent meeting to hold a field trial April 29 three miles south of Reynolds. A field trial is a racing type event in which dogs are let loose at one spot, follow a pre-set trail and bark at a coon caged in a tree.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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