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: 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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