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: 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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