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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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