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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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