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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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