Day in history for March 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The committee of aldermen appointed to take into consideration the purchase of another fire engine have reconsidered their first decision and decided to order one.

1883 -- 125 years ago
As soon as the weather moderates sufficiently, the systematic cleaning of Rock Island streets should begin.

1908 -- 100 years ago
As the annual entertainment of the senior class, a five-act comedy, 'The Rivals,' will be presented at Rock Island High School tomorrow evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Taxes to be collected this year against the 1932 assessed valuations in Rock Island Township will be $5 on each $100 of value. Moline's rate will be $5.29. Rock Island's rate represents an increase of 14 cents over last year. Moline gets a reduction of 14 cents in the Moline Township section.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanatorium cared for 103 patients and had total expenses of $183,831 during fiscal 1957.

1983 -- 25 years ago
About 30 area teachers sat around breakfast tables for nearly four hours Saturday telling horror stories about their districts - the school closings, teacher cuts, crowded classrooms and the desperate need for money. They directed their concerns and pleas for state revenues to Sen. Clarence Darrow, Reps. Joel Brunsvold and Bob DeJaegher.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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