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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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