Day in history for March 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We understand that some 700 Germans are headed west with the intention of settling at this point. Some effort should be made to give them all the information they wish in order to induce them to settle amoungst us.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Farmers coming into Rock Island reported that the country near Hillsdale is literally alive with ducks.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Coach V.C. Hall and the Rock Island High School basketball team is at Oak Park taking part in the state tournament. Rock Island players are Richard Liitt, Andrew Voss, John Streckfus, Walter Young, Dan Brennan and Charles Larkin.

1933 -- 75 years ago
While Alderman George L. Schmidt shouted charges of 'backing water' and accused some of his contemporaries of 'playing politics on the eve of election,' the Rock Island City Council permitted the $27,600 retrenchment program, informally voted for the city a few weeks ago, to shrivel to less than $2,000.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's Federal Court was opened officially this a.m. with an hour and a half of dedication ceremony and oratory, accompanied by a forecast of a substantial load of federal case work.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Two of Moline's six civil defense sirens malfunctioned Sunday, blaring for about an hour before city electricians could turn them off.

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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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