Day in history for March 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Spencer And Robinson, facing competition from a city-owned ferry, have sent a man to Cincinnati to hurry up building work on their new ferryboat.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Female Silver Cornet Band of Muscatine paraded Rock Island streets today in behalf of Professor Miller, champion walker of Iowa, who will attempt to walk 100 miles in 22 hours in the German Theater, Davenport.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Lothar Harms will install a roof garden at the Hotel Harms, Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Because of many protests against carnivals made by merchants and other citizens, the Rock Island city council adopted a resolution against licensing of any more carnivals. The one recently granted a license, however, will be allowed to show.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Voters of the Moline School District approved the King orchard-Smith farm plots as the site of a new senior high school by a 1,078 majority. The site is located between 41st and 34th streets, south of 23rd Avenue. The referendum brought out the greatest turnout of voters in the history of Moline school elections. The vote means that Moline will have a new high school by 1957.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline Panthers returned home from Champaign today with the fourth-place trophy in the Illinois Class AA basketball tournament. Coach Cliff Talley's team finished with a 27-6 record.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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