Day in history for March 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Every true Mason in the city ought to be at the supper to be served at the Rock Island House. Tickets will be $1 for gentlemen And 50 cents for ladies.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Alderman Mott, Major Connelly, Major Buford And J.H. Yore are some of the Democrats being mentioned in connection with the Rock Island mayoralty.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A letter was received from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., expressing a desire to cooperate with Augustana in its efforts to induce the Synod to permit intercollegiate athletics.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Justin A. Washburn, county superintendent of schools, spoke over station WHBF on 'The Necessity of Increasing the Efficiency of the Schools to Prepare Students To Take Their Place in a Rapidly Changing World.' Washburn said the world has many new opportunities and many fields still to be explored.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Medical Society announced plans to establish a blood bank to serve the three hospitals in Rock Island and Moline. Details are being arranged by a committee of physicians.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The 'Ugliest Bartender Contest,' a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research, will begin March 17. Bar patrons can nominate their favorite bartender by donating 25 cents per vote at participating bars.

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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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