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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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