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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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