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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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