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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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