Day in history for March 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The block of historic marble which the pope sent as a contribution to the Washington monument was smashed to pieces by a gang of men who lured away the guard last night.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island and Moline St. Patrick's Benevolent Societies paraded this morning, attended mass, and this evening will hold a grand ball in Hillier's Hall.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School girl's basketball team defeated Davenport girls, 18 to 8, in their annual game.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Willard L. Velie Jr., president of Velie Motors Corporation, died suddenly of a heart attack.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Development of Douglas Park for baseball took another forward step with the announcement by Mayor Carl F. Bauer that labor and supplies will be donated to accomplish necessary repairs of park restroom facilities. Prospects are good for night baseball in the park yet this summer. It is anticipated that civic and city groups will underwrite a $10,000 expense of the lights.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Nell Daniels, who built Milan's park and recreation program from scratch after becoming its first director in 1973, is resigning next month. Trustee John Hesch, chairman of the parks committee, told the village board her resignation, prompted by health reasons, is effective April 13.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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