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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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