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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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