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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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