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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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