Day in history for March 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island has ordered a ferry boat, the City of Ione, which will be ready in four weeks, to compete with the privately owned ferry here. The Ione can carry eight to ten teams and wagons each trip for the immigrants passing into Iowa.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Warren and Thomas Saulpaugh had splendid luck duck hunting and remembered The Argus editor with some fowls for his table.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Walter A. Blair has returned from the Kentucky River, where he bought the steamer Megiddo. A sect known as Brethren in Christ has owned the boat and lived on it.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Members of Rock Island Naval Reserves have gone to Quincy for patrol work in the Mississippi River flood areas.

1954 -- 50 years ago
James Eugene Gipson, 18-year-old Seaton farm youth, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to one to seven years in prison. The jury's verdict found Gipson guilty of manslaughter and not murder in the knife slaying of George Marich, 26, an Aledo High School coach, last Dec. 8.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island Arsenal federal employee is helping five local governments solve city problems by using modern technology. Ron Russell, Orion, has been ''loaned'' through the federal government's Intergovernmental Personnel Act to the Community Technology Initiatives Program for one year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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