Day in history for March 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new woodhouse at the depot was blown down by strong winds yesterday.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Men who boast of their walking prowess are issuing challenges for more marathon walking races to be held in Turner's Hall.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John L. Sullivan, once the great fighting champion, is now so overweight he can hardly walk. His hair is white, and his face is wrinkled.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The weather outlook is for showers and cooler on Easter.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 marbles, varying from the tiny commies to the huge, heavy 2-inch diameter boulders are in the strange but fascinating collection gathered together over a span of 52 years by Ludwig P. Chansky, 60, of 1717 25th St., Rock Island. He has about 3,500 of the commies, the small clay-type marble rarely seen anymore. He has chinnie marbles and a number of bonnies, which were originally made from a large dice.

1979 -- 25 years ago
David Stone, president of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Board, put a little corn in his car's fuel tank when he was the first customer for gasohol at the Whiteside FS Inc. in Lyndon. Gasohol is a mixture of 90 percent regular or unleaded gasoline and 10 percent alcohol made from corn. Gasohol could provide an economic boost for farmers by cutting the corn surplus and giving farmers a second product market.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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