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 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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