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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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