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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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