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: 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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