Day in history for March 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The impression that the supper given at the Rock Island House was paid for out of the city treasury is wrong. The outgoing board of officers paid all expenses.

1883 -- 125 years ago
After services next Sunday, the Central Presbyterian Church will be closed to undergo extensive repairs.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. H.W. Reed, pastor of the First Baptist Church, spoke before a union meeting at the Memorial Christian Church on the prohibition issue.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Robert O. Barrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Barrett, Rock Island, who will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood tomorrow in Peoria, will celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island, on Sunday.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The first week of commercial shipping on the Mississippi River to the Quad-Cities is shaping up and promises to be a big one. Last night, the first towboat, the LaCrosse Socony, arrived with six barges of petroleum for the Bettendorf terminal.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Moline High School PTA has attained 100 percent teacher members for the first time ever. Only two Moline schools do not have 100 percent teacher membership. Total council membership is 4,760, 100 members fewer than last year despite the turmoil of school closings and declining enrollment.

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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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