Day in history for March 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Monmouth people quite distinctly heard the firing of cannons in Rock Island on Feb. 22, the day the first train arrived on the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. The distance the sound of the guns carried must be over 40 miles.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Montgomery Ward And Co. has leased the former Illinois Theater building at 16th Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, and plans a $60,000 remodeling of the building into a retail store.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An extra 200 bales of hay is expected Monday morning at Fejervary Park. Normally the park office orders 500 bales for winter use. Inhabitants of the children's zoo have used up all but three weeks' supply. Rabbits, guinea pigs, buffalo, deer and the Mexican burro enjoy the taste of it; hamsters, skunks and woodchucks appreciate the warmth of it.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Davenport City Council has temporarily blocked expansion of the Northpark Mall. Some council members who opposed the expansion said it would hurt the downtown area. General Growth Development Co., which operates the mall, wants to add two major department stores and 50 small specialty shops.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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