Day in history for March 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport Artillery Company has offered its services to the government as volunteers in the Utah war, and their offer has been accepted.

1883 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Gorbett is the only Democratic aspirant to the position of city attorney, but it seems highly probable that he will succeed Capt. Parks in that job.

1908 -- 100 years ago
An attack on the local option petition will be made by the anti-Prohibition Society on the grounds that such restriction would be illegal.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Contestants from Rock Island High School that will enter the interscholastic forensic contest to be held April 7 and 8 at Augustana College, have been chosen. They are Edythe Arshack, Eugene Beattie, Arno Denecke, Peter Denger, Sydney Deutsch, Grace Findlay, Reola Gibbs, Peggy Huthmaker and Margaret Strang.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morrissey of Route 2, Erie, are the parents of a daughter. Betty Jean, born yesterday at Hammond-Henry District Hospital in Geneseo. Mr. and Mrs. Morrissey are the parents of six sons and nine daughters. They have one set of triplets.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Alleman's Don Morris this morning announced his retirement as basketball coach after 33 years as head varsity coach at the school. He will stay on as the school's athletic director.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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