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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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