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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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