Day in history for March 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We should think it not difficult to find the drug store of Walter Scribner because he has a tremendous mortar as a sign. It's a whopper.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The old Central City Store Works was consumed by fire last night.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McCaskrin is officially a candidate for reelection. He filed his petition with City Clerk H.C. Schaffer yesterday.

1932 -- 75 years ago
''Shanghai Express,'' Marlene Dietrich's first starring picture since she returned from Europe, opened yesterday at the Fort Theater with Clive Brook in the male lead. The current attraction at the Spencer is Smith and Dale in ''Manhattan Parade.''

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Moline High School 70-piece band went on tour today, playing a concert at Kewanee High at 8:30 a.m. and another at Knoxville at 12:45 p.m. The group then journeyed to Galesburg, where they visited the Burlington Railroad's roundhouse and yards and also toured the campus of Knox College.

1982 -- 25 years ago
David Johnston, a Rock Island native, has returned to his hometown to direct the new Resident Children's Theater Company at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island. Johnston has been living in Eugene, Ore., where he worked as an assistant director of a communications arts center.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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