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: 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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