Day in history for March 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Horace Mann will deliver a lecture in Moline next Thursday. He is widely known for the active interest he has had in education. As a lecturer, he is one of the foremost of our time.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Next week the work giving the Harper House one of the best fire escapes ever patented will begin and will require at least two weeks before completion.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island District of the Illinois Conference of the Lutheran Church will hold a mission meeting Sunday morning at which time the Rev. Nothstein will be installed as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Earl C. Dean of Rock Island plans to retire, at least temporarily, from municipal politics at the expiration of his term as the city's acting chief executive. He added that he does not intend to be a candidate for election to resume his term as alderman of the Second Ward.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Over two-thirds of the goal of $38,008 has been collected by the Moline Chapter, American Red Cross, George Crampton, drive chairman announced in a mid-campaign report today.

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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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