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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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