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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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