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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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