Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014. There are 291 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Steamboats now make regular trips between this city and St. Louis and in a few days also will go to Dubuque. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The ferry started to make regular trips between Rock Island and Davenport. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Art Mosenfelder opened the bathing season by plunging into the cold waters of Rock River. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Charles Sikes, of Hampton, is sure that spring is about to arrive because he saw ducks flying up the river, bluebirds, robins and ground sparrows. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A benefit public dance promotion by four Rock Island High School boys in the Milan Legion Hall Saturday night netted $204.22 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America. Ron Darwin, Dennis Williamson, Tom McMillan and Wayne Strader already have begun plans for a second benefit dance to be held in early summer. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Construction could begin immediately on a $20 million shopping center at 7th Street and John Deere Road in Moline, the developer told city council members Tuesday.