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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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