Day in history for March 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Edward Moran is desirous of finding a situation as a clerk or salesman in a grocery store. He can be found at the corner of Adams and Orleans Streets.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Closing exercises of the term were held today in Rock Island schools. The exercises were well attended.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School's basketball team is matched against Oak Park in the semi-finals of the state tournament.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island merchants affiliated with the Retail Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce will use tokens in assessing the Illinois 3 percent sales tax which goes into effect Wednesday. The plan was approved last night at a meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A new sign sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce and focusing attention on Rock Island's friendly and aggressive spirit has been posted on the billboard atop the Rock Island Waterworks.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The City of Rock Island has hired the biggest bill collection agency in North America to collect from people who owe the city money. Rock Island will turn over about $110,000 in unpaid fees to the agency. These fees include costs for damage to city property, street and sidewalks repair, refuse collection, weed cutting and other costs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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