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: 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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