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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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