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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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