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: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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