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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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