Day in history for March 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ferry boat began running again today. Many immigrants with their covered wagons were waiting to pass over into Iowa.

1879 -- 125 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, Democrat, was reelected mayor of Rock Island, defeating L.D. Woodruff of the National party. Aldermen chosen are David Donaldson, F.J. Wagner, F.W. Kellerstrass, Patrick Kennedy and H.O. Warren.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Gordon Davis of the Saturn today listed the log-rifting steamboats which will operate on the upper Mississippi this season.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Poisoned bootleg liquor caused the death of 16 persons in Peoria. Rock Island County authorities fear that some of the same batch of the deadly brew was shipped to this county.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline Naval Reserve Surface Division 9-23, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. C.F. Bracke, Silvis, is again in second place nationally in the James Forrestal trophy competition, according to a recent standing released by the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington. The trophy is awarded each year to the outstanding reserve surface division in the nation.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Warren Giles, formerly of Moline and long-time National League President, and Hack wilson, a mighty slugger of the 1920s and 1930s, were named today to baseball's Hall of Fame by The Baseball Writers Association Veterans Committee.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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