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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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