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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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