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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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