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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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