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: 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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