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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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