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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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