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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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