Day in history for March 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are pleased to learn that our old friend, Capt. Webb, will take charge of the Fanny Harris this season, to run between Rock Island and Galena. The Capt. ran the Flora last season, and no one was better liked for his accommodating and gentlemanly attentions.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The class of '83 at the Moline High School is comprised of three boys and two girls.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Several ministers of Rock Island are objecting strenuously to the installation of pool tables in the Y.M.C.A., and the board of directors of the association is reconsidering the issue.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A farewell party for Louis Kolls of Rock Island and George Magerkurth of Moline, who will leave shortly for their duties as major league umpires, will be held April 8 at the Cotton Club in Silvis. Both are widely known and popular in the Quad-Cities, and it is expected that more than a hundred baseball fans will turn out to greet them.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The deputy executive of Region 7, Boy Scouts of America, Forrest J. Sadler, arrived in Rock Island for a four-day inspection of the Fort Armstrong and Moline Area Councils.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The play 'Triple Trouble' will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by John Deere Junior High School students. The play is a comedy.

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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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