Day in history for March 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A man named Birch was shot in Joliet this week by a man from whom Birch had stolen a horse. The man had pursued Birch from Pennsylvania. The horse thief is said to be the Birch who was one of the murderers of Col. George Davenport of Rock Island nine years ago.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Hundreds of people in this region have signed against tramps. The mayor plans drastic city action if the governor does not do something.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Kid Ammerman of Rock Island and Hays Muhs of Davenport have signed for a 10-round boxing match for the lightweight championship of Iowa.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Col. Patrick J. Hurley, Assistant Secretary of War, inspected Rock Island Arsenal today.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Quad-Cities authorities were notified by Rock Island Police Chief Claus C. Miller to be on the lookout for three women who allegedly bilked a 70-year-old man out of $1,000. The three women obtained the money from him in various amounts since Jan. 30 by promising to remove a ''spell'' which they said had been cast over him.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The city of Moline's blue-collar workers, saying they're tired of being treated with ''no respect,'' are threatening to strike in the wake of a two-day suspension issued to a street department employee. Union members are drafting a grievance they say will be submitted to Earl Weldon, superintendent of municipal services.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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