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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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