Day in history for March 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We wish the superintendent of the gas works would get a pint of oil on our account and stop the infernal squealing of that windmill.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Despite the storm, the Little Eagle continued up the river after replenishing its fuel supply.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Eugene V. Debs of Milwaukee has been invited to address a meeting in Rock Island in protest of the imprisonment of Idaho miners officials.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Churches, schools and women's clubs are being enlisted in the campaign sponsored by the American Legion to find a job for every head of a family in Rock Island. Charlie I. Knorr yesterday addressed the faculty and students at Rock Island High School to get the students to take home with them the facts regarding the Legion program.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The last of seven Rock Island air raid alert sirens was being installed today on the WHBF-TV tower in downtown Rock Island. The Rock Island Civil Defense Corps is directing the installation.

1982 -- 25 years ago
In the late 1960's, Deere And Co. moved to save itself some money by setting up insurance subsidiaries to insure itself. Now the cost control device of the '60s has become a major profit maker of the '80s, with an annual revenue total of about $300 million.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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