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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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