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: 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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