Day in history for March 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We direct the attention of our citizens to the communication we publish today from Col. Buford enumerating some of the advantages which Rock Island possesses, and its fine location for conducting manufacturing of almost every description.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Spenser began running today between Rock Island and Davenport and was well patronized. The return of the ferry is a sure sign of spring.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Under the direction of George Hill, electrician, and Police Chief Eckhart, a new police patrol system was installed at the Rock Island station.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Seven persons were injured in auto accidents in the Quad-Cities over the weekend as rain, sleet and snow combined to give thoroughfares a treacherous coating.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island test pilot, Lt. Col. Walter A. Rosenfield Jr., 42, and his flying companion parachuted to safety yesterday after their F1001 super Sabre Jet plane failed at 10,000 feet.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Knights Drum and Bugle Corps will hold its seventh annual 'Corps-A-Rama' open house at 4 p.m. March 27 in the gymnasium at Geneseo Junior High School, 115 W. Pearl St. The corps will perform selections from its summer show. Slide shows and video tapes, shot last summer, will be shown.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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