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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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