Day in history for March 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' the beautiful And soul-stirring drama, was greeted by one of the most respectable and intelligent audiences ever to congregate at the Island City Hall.

1883 -- 125 years ago
When the sun shines, the south side of 2nd Avenue is all slush. On the north side of the street car track, the dust is flying.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Workers at the R.I. Arsenal will be busy until the end of June, Commandant E.F. Hobbs stated. 40 men are employed on the night shift.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Clarence E. Hodson, Republican, will oppose Frank A. Meenan, Democrat, in the mayoralty election April 18. A total of 8,615 votes were cast in the primary election. Others nominated were Martin T. Rudgren and Carl J.L. Wessel, Republican candidates for city clerk and treasurer.

1958 -- 50 years ago
An Augustana College debate team, Phillip Hubbart and Norman Lefstein, both of Rock Island, were scheduled to compete in the finals of the Heart of America Debate Tournament. In their preliminary round, Hubbart and Lefstein won seven debates and lost one to qualify for the finals.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Lt. Commander Virgil Bozeman III, son of Mr. And Mrs. Virgil Bozeman of Moline, was presented the Defense Meritorious Service Medal at the Lawrence Naval Reserve Center in Augusta, Mass.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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