Day in history for March 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new railroad has inspired the building of many new homes and places of business in Geneseo. That town now has three well-kept hotels.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M.S. O'Neill returns from Kansas speaking in glowing terms of the soil and climate there. Those in search of western farms are urged by O'Neill to try Kansas.

1904 -- 100 years ago
River men are counting the days until the ice goes out and steamboat travel and log rafting resume.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Slight improvement is noted in the condition of Earl Mart, 11, who was hurt while coasting.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire in the laundry building at St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, this morning caused an estimated $2,500 to $3,000 damage to a large electrical and steam pressing machine. Hospital employees said the blaze flared up while a kerosene-soaked sheet was being run through the machine to clean off caked starch from the previous day's usage. Spontaneous combustion was listed as a possible cause.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Someone pulled a stinking trick on the Eagle Discount Supermarket No. 120. Health officials say the unpleasant odor that filled the store came from a skunk scent gland. Store officials disagree claiming the stink started in a refrigerator compressor. When the unpleasant odor filled the store at 4011 23rd Ave., Moline, somebody called the fire department.

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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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