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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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