Day in history for March 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council voted to apply to the county court of commissioners for a license to operate a ferry in competition with the privately owned ferry between Rock Island and Davenport. Because of the many immigrant wagons passing into Iowa, the ferry business is booming.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Women can vote in Wyoming territory, but only the baser sort of females do vote, even though there are separate voting places for women so that they do not have to associate with the vile politicians.

1904 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton has resigned the leadership of western professional baseball leagues. He has bought the building at 1626 2nd Ave., Rock Island, and a half interest in a news and cigar depot.

1929 -- 75 years ago
American Legion men of five cities were guests of the Rock Island post on its 10th anniversary.

1954 -- 50 years ago
City hall in Moline has withstood the ravages of time in good style. For the first time since the two-story structure was built in 1913, a major improvement project is being considered. Plans are in blueprint stage for the removal of the entire terra cotta around the building.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Davenport City Council reluctantly agreed to seek $4 million in federal aid to build a bus garage in Rock Island. Although the approval was conditional, it was a significant step forward in obtaining the federal dollars needed for the long-delayed and controversial project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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