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.

Back: Available days in March 2008



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






(More History)