Day in history for March 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi river is open as far as Prairie du Chien, Wis., and the steam ferry has commenced running.

1883 -- 125 years ago
It is reported that the Rock Island-Moline Street Car Co. is considering the purchase of several new cars and laying another track between the two cities.

1908 -- 100 years ago
An issue of 50 new blue uniforms for the Rock Island Naval Reserves was received this morning from the supply base.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Alfred S. Edler, Leo J. Herbert, Dr. A.E. Krueger, Charles Esplin and John C. Spring were elected directors of the Rock Island Junior Chamber of Commerce at a dinner meeting in the Rock Island Elks CLub. Retiring members of the board are Forest Dizotell, Hayes F. Murphy, William J. Ohlweiler, Herbert E. Ryerson and J. Eugene Chambers.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Malcolm J. Bosse Jr., of New York City, son of Mr. And Mrs. Malcolm Bosse, 2534 30th St., Moline, has had his first novel accepted by Doubleday Publishing Co.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Jan Nahrgang of East Moline likes to make dolls. She doesn't collect them, just makes them. Nahrgang, who has two shops in Princeton and Peoria where she sells her dolls and teaches classes on doll making, showed students at Franklin School in Moline the art of doll making during a PTA Craft Day.

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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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