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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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