Day in history for March 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The first-class freight rate from Rock Island to Chicago is 35 cents per 100 pounds. The rates on grain vary from 8 to 15 cents a bushel. The passenger fare is $5 and the time required for the trip is about nine hours.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The floor of the drill hall in the new armory of Rodman Rifles was laid today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Spring's advance was checked today by the heaviest snow of the season.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Democrats renominated Chester C. Thompson and Republicans chose former mayor Walter A. Rosenfield as their candidates for mayor in primary elections yesterday. C.W. Sandstrom won a 3-way race for renomination in Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A proposal to fingerprint operators and employees of rural Rock Island County taverns hit snags of criticism at Tuesday afternoon's session of the county board of supervisors. The fingerprinting requirement is in a new rural tavern license application revised on instructions of board chairman Henry F. Staack, who also is county liquor commissioner.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Sauk Trail Inn, the first restaurant to open at the Interstate 80 interchange, Annawan, has been sold to Iowa 80 Truckstop, Inc., of Walcott, Iowa. The restaurant was sold by four Annawan brothers, Calvin, Willis, Herbert and Kenneth Ufheil, who formed a family corporation and opened the business in 1968.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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