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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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