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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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