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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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