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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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