Day in history for March 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The county court of commissioners certified that a second ferry is needed and the court will grant a license to the city in opposition to the ferry owned by Spencer and Robinson.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Miss Frances Slade, after seven years of residence in Italy, is visiting her brother and other relatives in Rock Island. She is staying at the Harper House.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Retail Merchants Association adopted a resolution condemning the court action being taken against the street car company by the city's mayor.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Moline are among the semi-finalists in the district basketball tournament.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The first passenger bus linking the sprawling 654-home Ridgeview housing project with Davenport is scheduled to roll Thursday morning following a vote of approval by the city council in a surprise move Tuesday night. In a regular session last Thursday, the council rejected the proposal by a 5 to 3 vote.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Paul M. Carlson, 51, sports editor of The Daily Dispatch for the past 25 years, died Saturday morning in Moline Public Hospital after a long fight against cancer. Carlson underwent surgery in September 1977, then wrote an award-winning column concerning his doctors' diagnosis of terminal cancer of the pancreas. His health improved temporarily after the operation, and he returned to work full time until December 1978.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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