Day in history for March 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
There were fine exhibitions of sparring at Ben Smith's Hall over the St. Charles Saloon recently.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 12th annual ball of St. Patrick's Society of Rock Island will be held in the Armory Hall March 17.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Surveyors of the Rock Island Railroad are again at work on their route trying to eliminate some of the curves to shorten the line.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Atty. Charles W. Hadley of Wheaton, candidate for the Republican nomination for attorney general, will be in Rock Island tomorrow to meet local Republican leaders in the interest of his candidacy.

1957 -- 50 years ago
More than $800 damage was caused by a plane breaking loose from its mooring at the Woods Airport, 2 miles east of Highways 2 and 92 on the Barstow Road, last night when winds ranging up to 55 m.p.h. sent the plane careening into another one owned by Paul Voerding, East Moline. The plane, owned by Carl Woods and R.M. Anderson, was extensively damaged along the fuselage and wings.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline's arson investigation team is looking for a person they believe may be mentally ill who is setting fires on the city's west side. They are also searching for someone who sets clothing fires at the Penney's store in SouthPark during shopping hours.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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