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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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