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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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