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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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