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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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