Day in history for March 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Jonathan Whitman has contracted with the county court of commissioners to maintain a poor house for $150 a year and $1.25 a week board for each resident the county sends him.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island is possessed with the walking race mania. Tonight in Turner Hall Thomas Hass and Sam Finley will begin a match to determine who can walk farther in 24 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County delegates supporting Frank O. Lowden for the Republican nomination for governor left the hall at Bushnell when the district convention voted to seat 20 Yates and 20 Lowden delegates.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Because of impassable muddy roads, the Rock Island County convention place of Modern Woodmen of America has been changed from Port Byron to Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A former Moline resident, Mrs. Myrna Harms of Peoria, will be saluted as ''Woman of the Week'' on the Bob Hope daytime show at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on WOC radio. Mrs. Harms is the former Myrna Fischer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer, 814 16th Ave., Moline. She is the first ''councilwoman'' in the history of the city of Peoria.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Housing construction is dropping dramatically in the Quad-Cities, but employment remains stable and the airlines and rail companies are thriving, according to a Quad-City Development Group study.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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