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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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