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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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