Day in history for March 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Our readers remember the sad fate of the little Thompson boy who slipped under the ice several weeks ago. The body was found on a sand bar just below town, last Sunday, and was buried on Monday.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Lew West and John Gilmore are among Rock Island men settling in Waukeeney County, Kan.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Journeymen Barbers' Union No. 116 held a spirited meeting at Columbian Hall at which the agitation to raise the price of a shave from 10 to 15 cents was brought up for consideration.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Secretary of the Navy has endorsed Rock Island's efforts to obtain a state armory for use by Naval Reserves.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Guests at the Poplar Motel, 709 1st Ave., Silvis, were awakened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a truck crashed through the side of the room in which they were sleeping. The panel truck went out of control and skidded over the curb in front of the Schroder Mortuary, continued up a 2-foot terrace and crashed through the west wall of the motel.

1979 -- 25 years ago
East Moliner's had their chance to have their favorite potholes filled when a limited number of pothole repair coupons were passed out at the East Moline city council meeting. There's only one hitch. The fine prints says: ''Coupon void in those areas where the size of potholes would endanger the lives of street maintenance crews.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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