Day in history for March 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The building of the railroad bridge, the work going forward at the depot grounds, and the building of many new homes and stores will furnish work for all men and teams who will come to Rock Island at this time.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Diamond Jo Reynolds will run steamboats three times a week between St. Louis and St. Paul this season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Frank O. Lowden is believed to have 184 votes to Governor Yates' 167 for control of the Repulican County Convention at the Illinois Theater, Rock Island, tomorrow.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Carpenters' Union has started a movement for the 5-day week in the basic building trade.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The state health department has selected Scott County as one of the three counties in the state to participate in a program to test a vaccine which is believed to immunize against polio.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents near Moline's Old Bluff Road told city officials about a week ago the narrow, unpaved street is a safety hazard for children walking to school because it lacks sidewalks. An accident Wednesday proved them right. Julie Engle, 9, a third-grade student at Maple Grove School, was brushed by a car, but wasn't injured. The Engles, of 3401 14th St. A, are residents of Kenhow Addition, a subdivision that's only access is Old Bluff Road, also known as 35th Avenue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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