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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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