Day in history for March 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A great many people in the city are complaining about the enormous school taxes they have to pay this year.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The law firm of Wilkerson, Kenworthy and Beardsley was organized this morning by Judge I.O. Wilkerson, J.L. Kenworthy and J.M. Beardsley.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Navigation opened yesterday with the arrival of a large launch from Andalusia. The launch will be used to transport duck hunters.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Union bricklayers in the Quad-City area today accepted a reduction in pay from $1.50 to $1.25 an hour and will work on a five-day work week schedule instead of the former five and a half days.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The 100th anniversary of Rock Island Schools and the National Education Assn. were noted at the annual city-wide Parent Teacher Assn. dinner last night in the Masonic Temple with 431 persons present. A surprise honor in the presentation of a life membership to Earl H. Hanson, superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools, was made by M.C. Bergwall.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Shoppers took advantage of good weather to attend the opening of the new Geifman grocery store at 18th Ave. and 29th St., Rock Island Sunday. The new $849,000 store was built on the site of the one that burned March 31, 1980.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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