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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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