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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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