Day in history for March 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Roosevelt, president of the Warsaw And Rockford Railroad, and some of the road's directors were in town today and signed a contract for building the railway between Rock Island and Port Byron by Oct. 1, 1855.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Forty men of Company B, Moline, visited the Rodman Rifles today. Captain Hawes and his men received the neighboring militiamen at a lunch in the new armory. There was some good singing.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Gov. Richard Yates will direct his primary election campaign in this county in person during the last three days. Supporters of Frank O. Lowden claim victory in all of Moline and in three wards of Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island firemen answered 10 calls in a day, breaking a 2-year record. Most of the fires were caused by chimney sparks.

1954 -- 50 years ago
High, gusty wind was presumably responsible for breaking a large plate glass window above the entrance to The Argus Thursday night. Broken glass littered both the sidewalk below and the area inside the window. Winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles were reported during the period.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Lonnie Horn of Moline won the Golden Gloves state boxing championship at 156 pounds Sunday, qualifying him for the nationals March 28-31 at Indianapolis.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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