Day in history for March 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A society should be formed to rescue men and beasts from the mud in our streets. Rescuers will need stilts, life preservers, fence rails, and grappling hooks to save those who sink the farthest.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A wooden sidewalk, seven feet wide, will be laid around the courthouse square.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Manager Ross Thornton has arrived in Rock Island to prepare for the baseball season. He expects to have a winning team this coming season.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Sears, Roebuck And Co. opened its new store in Rock Island today.

1954 -- 50 years ago
''Boobie,'' a white cat with gray spots, was rescued for the second time in its young life in Rock Island after crouching for four days on a tree limb, about fifty feet above the ground, afraid to come down. An employee of the city electrical department climbed an aerial ladder on a city maintenance truck and got the shivering feline. The rescue was made at the request of the Rock Island Humane Society.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Negotiators to East Moline teachers will see a familiar face across the bargaining table this year, as Chicago attorney James Franczek returns to work for the East Moline School District. The East Moline School Board approved Franczek's retention and school officials say he'll be paid last year's wage of $50 per hour. The City of East Moline has also hired Franczek to represent it in recently-opened talks with employees.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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