Day in history for March 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
In the state's new political districting, the counties of Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henry and Stark will combine to elect one state senator. Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties are placed in a district that will elect one Illinois legislature representative.

1879 -- 125 years ago
At the Black Hawk club rooms last night, B.D. Buford of the Buford Plow Co. was the surprised recipient of a pair of slippers from his admirers.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Newton Bruner, 16, was killed on the Bruner farm near Port Byron when the limb of a tree he was trimming threw him and pinned him to the ground.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Cleaveland of Rock Island were among the guests at a White House lunch following the inauguration of Herbert Hoover as president.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Hydraulic-Press Brick Co., located between Aledo and Viola, is situated in a community known as Shale City. Here deposits of blue shale are readily available for the manufacture of high-grade facing bricks, which are sold throughout the Midwest.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The $500,000, French-made, jet-powered helicopter capable of traveling at 140 miles per hour circled slowly in the wind. The helicopter, carrying emergency medical equipment, staged a dry run this morning to acquaint Davenport's Mercy Hospital staff with the state's new emergency medical transport system, set to debut in April.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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