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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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