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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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