Day in history for March 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
John Warner, the Mississippi River bridge contractor, was out for a buggy ride today, 10 weeks to the day since he broke his foot in a jump during his horse's runaway.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The new city council appointed seven men to replace the members of the Rock Island police force.

1904 -- 100 years ago
H.V Fisher of Geneseo, Republican aspirant for lieutenant governor, was in Rock Island today in the interest of his candidacy.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County supervisors unanimously endorsed Governor Emmerson's gasoline tax bill. The tax will provide revenue for county highway improvements.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island city officials advanced plans for metering of a city-owned parking lot at 1st Avenue and 20th Street. Mayor Carl F. Bauer said the measure is a forerunner to the city's proposed off-street parking program in which all free public-parking areas within a specified distance of the loop will be eliminated.

1979 -- 25 years ago
It will cost Rock Island County $7,850 to install a smoke detection and alarm system in the county jail. Installation of the smoke detection system will meet one of the chronic complaints from state and local fire officials. But their installation is not expected to lessen the need for a new jail. Fire officials also insist that the jail needs fire escapes, and the cost of those will be much more.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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