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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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