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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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