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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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