Day in history for March 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The House of Representatives has passed the Homestead Bill, providing for the sale of western lands at $1.25 an acre. A buyer would get a deed after living on the land for five years.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Frances Willard, leader of the temperance movement, will attend a convention of people opposed to the sale of intoxicating liquor. The sessions will be held in Negus Hall, Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
While Gov. Richard Yates addressed an audience in the Illinois Theater, supporters of his opponent, Frank O. Lowden, met in Allen Pratt's barbershop to nominate delegates to the Republican convention.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Chapter of the American Red Cross was organized, with a board of 25 directors.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline, buoyed by two rousing pep assemblies this morning, headed for Champaign today eager to capture the state basketball championship that has eluded 14 other Maroon ballclubs. Rated No. 3 in the state in yesterday's Associated Press poll, coach Jack Foley's team faces a rugged road in the upper bracket if it is to march all the way.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Geneseo youths brought home the grand championship and nine first places from the annual Explorer Winter Games held recently in Duluth, Minn. Jeff DeNeve, who won the grand championship last year, recaptured the honor this year. Nineteen explorers from the five Geneseo posts participated in the activities.

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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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