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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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