Day in history for March 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The river at this point is rising. The rain yesterday, if it is extended, will do much to bring it to a fine running stage.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Miss Rhea, the distinguished Belgian actress, will appear at Harper's Theater March 24th in 'Adrienne Lecouvre' which Miss Bernhardt has made so popular.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Lincoln School was closed today for fumigation after a case of smallpox was discovered.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Brigadier General Harry Burgess, 61, Army engineer, former governor of the Panama Canal Zone, head of the Rock Island District, Corps of Engineers, from 1919 to 1922, died this morning in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Accidental igniting of lint or some other substance was given today as the probable cause of a spectacular blaze which ravaged the 40-year-old former Immanuel Lutheran School in Rock Island last night. Fire Chief Charles J. Wahlheim this morning estimated the loss to the building and contents at $75,000.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Several former presidents of Junior Service League of Moline gathered at Butterworth Center to discuss the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the Organization and Le Bal Moulin, the annual dinner-dance sponsored by the group, which is April 16th at the Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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