Day in history for March 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
John Root, who shot and killed Eric Janson, the prophet of Bishop Hill, in the courthouse at Cambridge, has been pardoned by the governor and was in Rock Island today. Root's 2-year sentence would have expired next Oct. 8.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fifth Avenue Methodist Church has changed its name to First Methodist Church.

1904 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Nolan has sent Villa de Chantal School a necklace of gold nuggets from Alaska.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George H. McDonald has been elected president of University of Chicago alumni.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The park museum trailer, a completely new idea in this area for bringing museum displays into parks and playgrounds, has been completed in Davenport. Park employees built the trailer, including seven display cases, during the winter. Five cases can be exhibited at one time; the other two will be at the museum being made ready for a change in displays.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Thirty-seven high school students were suspended this morning after their protest of a teacher's dismissal disrupted classes. After three hours behind closed doors Wednesday night, the Orion School Board voted, 4-3, not to renew social studies teacher Carolynn Mikkelson's contract. Nearly all of the 525 students at the high school gathered in the school commons today as Principal Larry Miller talked to them, urging them to go to class.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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