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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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