Day in history for March 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Half of the old buildings on the depot ground have been removed and the new passenger depot soon will be ready. The old sawmill of Bailey And Boyle has been moved up to the lower part of town.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Resolutions against liquor and tobacco were passed by the WCTU of the sixth congressional district in session here. Grape juice for church sacramental purposes was advocated.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A split in the Republican party ended up today in two county conventions being held, with two sets of delegates. Mayor William McConochie led the Lowden forces at the Illinois Theater. C.J. Searle presided for the Yates delegates at the courthouse.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College moved a step nearer a state title by defeating Monmouth.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Approval of architects plans for a new Scott County courthouse by the board of supervisors set the stage for actual construction of the long awaited and much needed building.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock River, continuing its ''slow, steady rise,'' overtopped one levee this morning and pushed high against several others. The Yeager levee northeast of Osborn had two to four inches of water flowing over its south end this morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Osborn area residents said. Upstream at Hillsdale, Mayor Max Crane said the Rock has hit 18.5 feet, the highest ever.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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