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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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