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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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