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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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