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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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