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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