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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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