Day in history for March 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was a disagreeable day, windy, snowy and squally. The ice in the river seems determined to remain until ''the sunny side of spring.''

1882 -- 125 years ago
Next week Edwin Booth will present ''Hamlet'' at the Harper Opera House.

1907 -- 100 years ago
It will occasion some surprise that violations of the game law continue at this season, but they do.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Streets made slippery by snow and ice resulted in 17 automobile accidents and injuries to 6 persons in Rock Island yesterday.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Officials of the Eagle Food Center, 2125 11th St., Rock Island, today claimed the large cast iron eagle stolen from in front of the store and recovered later by Davenport police. How the 250-pound ''bird'' was transported from the Rock Island store to the Sears Roebuck parking lot in Davenport, where it was found, is not known.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials said today they want to know more about Rock Island Fire Chief Don Leslie's proposal to jointly build and operate a new fire station. Leslie told the Rock Island council the city soon may have to close its 68-year-old station at 7th Ave. and 31st St. and suggested the city save money by jointly building and operating with Moline a new station near the border of the two cities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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