Day in history for March 31, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Montauk came up from St. Louis Saturday, having left that port last Wednesday. She brought a large lot of passengers and freight. The captain reports the river rising and passed the lower rapids with but little difficulty.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Tomorrow the slaughterhouse of J.H. Gilmore will close for the summer. Mr. Gilmore has packed over 7,000 hogs during the past season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School basketball team closed the season by defeating Kewanee High School by a score of 50 to 35.

1932 -- 75 years ago
March was the coldest on record since 1912 and the coldest month of last winter.

1957 -- 50 years ago
More than 120 cars of self-propelled combines, worth more than $3 million, were loaded at the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline and shipped to the Pacific Northwest wheat country this week.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Despite a recent rash of low temperatures and high winds, the signs of spring's arrival are unmistakable: robins are nesting and the Sunset Marina is bustling again. Marina officials have the facility in shape and boat owners are ready and waiting. This season marks the 25th year of the facility. Tomorrow is the third anniversary of its operation by the city of Rock Island.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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