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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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