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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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