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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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