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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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