Day in history for March 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A printer, who has small capital, can hear of a good situation for publishing weekly paper by addressing the publishers of this paper.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Considerable residence property on the hill is changing hands this spring at excellent prices.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Social Service Club went on record as favoring playgrounds in Rock Island, Moline and Davenport at a meeting at the Lend-a-Hand Club, Davenport.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island dumped Orion, 38-23, to take the district basketball championship before a crowd of about 2,500 persons in Moline Wharton Fieldhouse and will open in the Freeport sectional. Depue, winner in the Princeton district, will be Rock Island's opponent.

1958 -- 50 years ago
'Some things are going to be nip and tuck.' That's the way the windup of the construction of Moline's new senior high school was described to the board of education. The prospect of close timing in order to get the school ready for occupancy as scheduled at the opening of the fall term was presented by member Johnny Faust.

1983 -- 25 years ago
4 year old Shiloh O'Connor, rural Erie, won a new dirt bike in a Post cereal contest drawing. Shiloh's mother, Mrs. Dale O'Connor, mailed in an entry form from a box of Honeycomb cereal in January.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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