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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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