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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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