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: 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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