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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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