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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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