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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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