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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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