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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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