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: 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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