Day in history for March 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The benefit for the Rock Island Sax Horn Band was not very well attended.

1883 -- 125 years ago
An attempt was made to blow open the safe at the Sears mill near Milan last night.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Kronoberg Military Band, the most celebrated musical organization in Sweden has been obtained for a program to be given at Augustana College March 25.

1933 -- 75 years ago
By crushing East Moline, 45-11, in the Moline Fieldhouse last night, Rock Island High School's basketball team stamped itself as a probable finalist tomorrow evening, along with Orion, in the district tournament.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The policy of arresting minors trying to enter Milan night clubs or taverns will 'continue indefinitely,' according to Marshal Wesley Greenwood. Following the arrest of 17 minors over the weekend on charges of frequenting a tavern, Greenwood said he intends to continue making arrests 'until they get disgusted and quit trying.'

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rocky musicians in band, orchestra, and vocal solo and ensemble competition won 27 first places and 31 second places at the Illinois High School Association music contest held recently at Chillicothe. More than 1,500 entries competed in the daylong contest for students in Class 'A' schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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