Day in history for March 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Our bedrooms are fit only to die in. Occupants rarely open a window. To sleep in a tight 6-by-10 bedroom that has no aperture for admitting air is to invite pestilence.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Supervisors voted, 15 to 1, to make Moline a township by itself. The other part of the former Moline Township will henceforth be known as South Moline Township.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George L. Hakes and John Burns left today for Alaska, where they will be engineer and mate, respectively, on the steamer Sarah of the Commercial Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Barstow is isolated, Campbell's Island shut off and Carbon Cliff threatened by the floods of the Mississippi and Rock rivers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 10-month-old girl was carried to safety by her 17-year-old uncle when a flash fire broke out in the kitchen of a Rock Island apartment at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday. Rescued was Kathy Coleman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Coleman, Jr., 715 20th St. The rescuer was Dick Coleman, 10 Harris Addition, Rock Island, who was babysitting at the time.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The attorney for the Rock Island Girls Softball League threatened to sue city officials for discriminating against girls in the way they build and assign baseball facilities. The threat surfaced after two hours of debate between the council, GSL and representatives of a competing girls' softball group, Rock Island Rookies Corp.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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