Day in history for March 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River is still too low for any but small-class steamboats to navigate.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Tolulu from Andalusia, Capt. J.C. Bromley, attracted a great deal of attention as it arrived today. It is the first steamboat to tie up here this season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council today went on record as opposed to the mayor's court war with the Tri-City Railway Co.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The controversial proposal of Gov. Louis Emmerson for a tax on gasoline for highway-building purposes won in its first roll-call test in the Illinois House of Representatives.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The three McNallie sisters of Davenport are making a name for themselves in the entertainment field. The trio, Margaret, Gene and Madeline, are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. O.H. McNallie, 2553 Middle Road, Davenport, and they call themselves the Three Slick Chicks from the Sticks. The sisters recently completed a series of club dates in the Chicago area and now are being booked in other leading entertainment spots.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Aldermen in Green Rock adopted a motion Tuesday night to have city workers work day and night, if necessary, to pump water off 5th Street at the north end of town. Water has drained there from melting snow, flooding the street and residents yards.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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