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: 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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