Day in history for March 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Cairo Gazette says they have six inches of mud on the sidewalks in that city. It certainly is consoling to know there are people in the world worse off than those in Rock Island.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Sunday services at the Trinity Episcopal Church will be conducted by Bishop Burgess.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Chief Hastings of the fire department watched the fire drill at Rock Island High School and praised the students for their quick time in emptying the building.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A vigorous contest was under way on the floor of the county Republican Judicial convention at the Rock Island County Courthouse to determine the third candidate to receive endorsement for nomination for the bench in the 14th judicial circuit. The convention endorsed Judges Nels A. Larson of Moline and Leonard E. Telleen of Cambridge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
John Andrew Peterson, 64, of Rock Island, today observed his 40th year as an employee of the Rock Island Bridge And Iron Co. He was surprised with a cake topped with a bridge of sturdy I-beams.

1983 -- 25 years ago
U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, State Sen. Clarence Darrow, Moline Mayor Bob Anderson and members of the Moline American Legion attended the groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the new Legion Park at South 60th Street, Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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