Day in history for March 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ice in the Mississippi broke up here yesterday. The first steamboat arrived at 11 a.m. today and attracted a crowd to the levee.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Daily average attendance at the Rock Island Library is 150. Sunday attendance averages 28.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Henry County Republicans convened and instructed their delegates to the state convention to vote for John H. Pierce of Kewanee for the nomination of governor.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover today was inaugurated as 31st president.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Engineers and construction crews are running tests and putting finishing touches on the Aluminum Company of America's 144-inch rolling mill at the Davenport plant. The unit is expected to be in production turning out tapered sheet aluminum for the Air Force within a few weeks. The mill installation was part of a $5,500,000 expansion project of the Davenport plant and included a new wing constructed at the northwest corner of the sprawling plant. The mill is designed to roll tapered sheet aluminum for high speed jet aircraft wings.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The city of East Moline is trading a ''tot lot'' with the International Harvester Credit Union, 17th Avenue and Kennedy Drive, for two houses at 401 17th Ave. and 405 17th Ave. The houses will be raised this spring and a new park will take their place.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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