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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