Day in history for March 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The concert for the benefit of the German Lutheran Church will be tonight at the Island City Hall.

1883 -- 125 years ago
James Z. Mott was nominated for the office of mayor on the Democratic ticket.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Students at Augustana College joined forces last night to honor Dr. E.F. Bartholomew, professor at the college for 20 years, on his 62nd birthday.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The signed contract of Albert 'Boots' Hollingsworth, whose southpaw pitching was an important factor in bringing Rock Island its first Mississippi Valley League pennant with Davenport, reached the office of Secretary C.A. Beers of the Rock Island ball club today.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The biggest single-unit farming operation in Western Illinois has ceased to exist. Final deeds that closed out the holdings of the Joseph Harrison estate in Henry County were filed last week. Involved in the largest land transaction in the history of Henry County were more than 4,200 acres of land that were transferred to new owners at a total price of approximately $1,333,000.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Local homebuilders, suppliers and remodelers are anticipating a better year because of high interest among potential buyers, lower mortgage rates and the national economic recovery.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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