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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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