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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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