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: 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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