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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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