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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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